- to have a miscarriage of a fetus.
- to fail to attain the right or desired end; be unsuccessful: The plan miscarried.
- to go astray or be lost in transit, as a letter.
Origin of miscarry
Examples from the Web for miscarry
She told me that if I decided to miscarry, there was nothing they could do about it.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
He died on the spot and his mate, who was pregnant at the time, proceeded to miscarry due to depression.If You Build It, They Will Skate
July 17, 2013
I am for that of Paris; it cannot miscarry; I have considered it well.The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete
Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
Without these the Revolution will miscarry and our Dastur will not be worth a date-stone.The Book of Khalid
The Cardinal's plans were, indeed, likely to miscarry if he persisted thus.The Suitors of Yvonne
“No, they not miscarry yet,” replied the Arab, with a grim smile.Black Ivory
It grieves me mightily; for it will be a sad houre to the family should she miscarry.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
- to expel a fetus prematurely from the womb; abort
- to failall her plans miscarried
- British (of freight, mail, etc) to fail to reach a destination
Word Origin and History for miscarry
c.1300, "go astray;" mid-14c., "come to harm, perish;" of persons, "to die," of objects, "to be lost or destroyed," from mis- (1) "wrongly" + caryen "to carry" (see carry (v.)). Meaning "deliver unviable fetus" first recorded 1520s; that of "fail, come to naught" (of plans or designs) is from c.1600. Related: Miscarried; miscarrying.
- To have a miscarriage; abort.