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mishap

[mis-hap, mis-hap] /ˈmɪs hæp, mɪsˈhæp/
noun
1.
an unfortunate accident.
Origin of mishap
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at mis-1, hap1
Synonyms
misadventure, mischance.
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  • This was his first knowledge of Porter's mishap, for he had been in New York.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • After all, this mishap appeared to Boxtel of no great consequence.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • They were at some distance from home, and I found that Turkey had heard nothing of the mishap.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • And to what mishap do you attribute Mademoiselle's so unceremonious departure?

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • A pretty dreary camp we pitched that evening near the place of our mishap.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for mishap

mishap

/ˈmɪshæp/
noun
1.
an unfortunate accident
2.
bad luck
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Word Origin and History for mishap
n.

early 14c., "bad luck, unlucky accident," from mis- (1) "bad" + hap "luck." Probably on analogy of Old French meschance (see mischance (n.)).

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