happening

Definitions

  • Toul(?) sector days--Waiting for something to happen--
    Toul(?) sector days--Waiting for something to happen--
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n happening an event that happens
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW
BABY COULD NOT MAKE OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED BABY COULD NOT MAKE OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the UK, one third of accidental deaths that happen occur in the home
    • n happening An occurrence.
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Quotations

  • Michael Wickett
    Michael Wickett
    “Life does not happen to us, it happens from us.”
  • Anita Brookner
    Anita%20Brookner
    “Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    W.%20Somerset%20Maugham
    “Love is what happens to a man and woman who don't know each other.”
  • Elmer G. Letterman
    Elmer G. Letterman
    “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
  • Ken Blanchard
    Ken Blanchard
    “As a manager the important thing is not what happens when you are there, but what happens when you are not there.”
  • Willa Cather
    Willa%20Cather
    “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.”

Idioms

Accident waiting to happen - If something is an accident waiting to happen, there's definitely going to be an accident or it's bound to go wrong. ('Disaster waiting to happen' is also used.)
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Worse things happen at sea - This idiomatic expression is used as a way of telling someone not to worry so much about their problems.
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Usage

In literature:

They are never ill-behaved, except when they are uncomfortable in their inside, which unfortunately often happens at their age.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I happened to have come out, at the end of that year, top of my class.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
Who knows what may happen between now and twelve o'clock to-morrow?
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
The tiger could hide in the jungle, and if the small elephant happened to stray from the herd, the tiger could spring upon it and kill it.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Just let me feed it a few wrong data and watch what happens to your li'l ol' lovin' secretary.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
A lady, who knew her, happened to be passing, and stopped to shake hands.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
And what happened might just as easily have happened anywhere else.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
The arguments, however, which she did use happened to be singularly ill chosen.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
At Granville nothing happened, nothing ever could happen.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
He must not let that happen.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

Their schoolboy days have form'd a theme,
For nearly all the bards I know,
But mine are like a fading dream
Which happen'd three score years ago.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
Aw ne'er should feel happy ageean,
If owt happen'd when aw wor away;
An to leeav 'em i' danger luks meean,
Just for th' sake o' mi own quiet day.
"A Quiet Day" by John Hartley
And so it happened from day to day.
The old man fed his life
On the beauty of his vase, on its perfect shape.
And his soul forgot its former strife.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
"But what if you make a mistake?" quoth the elder. The younger half
sighed.
"What happens when signals are wrong or switches misplaced?" he
replied.
"Half An Hour Before Supper" by Francis Bret Harte
But unbelieving they sailed away,
Afraid of their life more and more.
But it happened just as Paul said it would.
They were saved by wading to shore.
"Paul Is Shipwrecked" by Doris Clore Demaree
About a hundred and fifty years ago,
History relates it happened so,
A big ship sailed from the shores of Britain
Bound for India across the raging main.
"A Summary History of Lord Clive" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Just happened to have a camera and just happened to be curious about the oil gushing.and that is what I found out The Gusher takes life and ends it.
The burglaries have happened in the middle of the night and they happened very quickly.
Things are happening and not happening at the same time.
"If it happens, it happens," the 26-year-old tells the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands now).
While there is no official data on the dating patterns of transgender people, interracial relationships in this community happen and happen a lot.
Now, if they happen to win their remaining three games, and the Sox happen to lose theirs, all the better.
But let no one believe that it couldn't happen here, as has happened so often elsewhere.
So much happens in the world of technology and business, and in the world at large, and it all happens so quickly.
That was unlikely to happen before and now it definitely will not happen.
When my friend Michel Gurfinkiel called from Paris to ask what was going to happen on Tuesday, I said spontaneously enough, what is supposed to happen.
Everything exciting happens in the first hour or two -- if anything happens at all.
The told us history, and what happened to them, and what has happened to other people.
It's happened before, and it will happen again.
That's what happened a few years ago with the Wilson Bridge reconstruction, and that's what's happening now with the 14th Street Bridge project.
What happens in the Packers remaining 7 games, and hopefully beyond, will determine this Packer team's legacy, but what's already happened says a lot.
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In science:

Now we investigate what happens when they are varied.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The one-point function is dominated by configurations in which β reaches its maximum at 0; the probability of this happening is proportional to 1/L3 and so τ (q) = 0, characteristic of a localized eigenfunction.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
Figure 2 shows what happens on the central fiber.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
Therefore, “interesting” things only happen on the twisted ruled surface Sα .
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
This happens if Y is not normal and the general fiber Yt is singular in the neighborhood of p.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
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