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[mis-hap, mis-hap] /ˈmɪs hæp, mɪsˈhæp/
an unfortunate accident.
Origin of mishap
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at mis-1, hap1
misadventure, mischance. Unabridged
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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


an unfortunate accident
bad luck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mishap

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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