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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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  • Gerald took advantage of the mishap to get Connie over to the window.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • I was vexed at this mishap, for I did not like to drink my coffee without milk.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • But they were powerful swimmers, and, but for the nearness of the rapids, they could have afforded to laugh at their mishap.

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • As master of the ship he would be held to account for her mishap.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • If we are barred from carrying on a zigzag by the mishap to our helm, we can still put a crazy gait on her by using the engines.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
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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