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We tripped while roller skating, but survived to laugh at the mishap.
  an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate; or bad luck
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mishap mishaps
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  • We tripped while roller skating, but survived to laugh at the mishap.
  • We’re dealing with your mind, and the slightest mishap in what you’re thinking or interpreting or perceiving can render the resultant findings worthless."
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • I’m happy that all is going well for you, except maybe this little mishap at your house.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The needles cushion my fall and I land without mishap.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • The ferryboats crossed the wide river without mishap, and the party from Boston stepped out onto the shore at Wethersfield.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "Just a little mishap," Grace Wexler explained, taking her command post in the middle of the restaurant.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • "There was a little mishap with a baseball," she said.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • All varieties of accidents and unfortunate mishaps.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • I wanted perfection, for I knew if there was any accident or mishap connected with this voyage, then I never again would be able to convince the parents to let me take their children from the protected embrace of the island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • She continued to pace the room, visualizing the most ghastly mishaps, and she was on the verge of dissolving into tears when he suddenly and noisily burst through the door.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Things go without much mishap, apart from the sniggers in the wrong places and the anonymous voice that says, "Go on, do it!" when Macbeth is hesitating outside Duncan’s chamber, and the catcalls and whistles from the back of the auditorium when Lady Macbeth appears in her nightgown.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • That began a line of discussion engineered by Rachel to reveal that she’d had friends who’d had horrific childbirth experiences — deformities caused by babies pulled too quickly by impatient doctors, a stillbirth, a mishap involving a suction.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • To call every mishap and misunderstanding in this kingdom the work of such evil only furthers their efforts to terrorize the rest of us.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • We thaw, begin to laugh a little, as we relate mishaps with bees and wild dogs and skunks.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • There was a little mishap during lunch involving grease and my pants.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • I should like to know if Mr. Fogg foresaw this mishap in his programme!
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I apologized by instinct to him for this mishap which discomforted only me.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • But going straight, without mishap or losing our way, we shall take three or four marches, I expect.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • After the first few days he stopped worrying that a mishap would befall the dragon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I was born with half my brain dried up like a prune, deprived of blood by an unfortunate fetal mishap.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Though they had a few mishaps—Phil once taxied Super Man straight into a telephone pole—in aerial gunning, they nailed targets at a rate more than three times the squadron average.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • If she entered a church, trusting to share the Sabbath smile of the Universal Father, it was often her mishap to find herself the text of the discourse.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It probably happened as he traversed a series of melting beaver ponds just beyond the Teklanika’s western bank, but there is nothing to indicate that he suffered any harm in the mishap.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Three rungs deeper, he almost fell again, but this time it was not a rung that caused the mishap.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But with every mishap he was learning.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • After a week of mishaps such as these, the two little fellows began to learn the ways of the trade—the names of the different papers, and how many of each to get, and what sort of people to offer them to, and where to go and where to stay away from.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I sometimes thought of asking her if she would let me sit at the big table with the rest of them just once, I would prove to her how civilized I could be; after all, I ate at home every day with no major mishaps.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • That direful mishap was at the bottom of his temporary recluseness.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Why, you see, Miss Eyre, it is not a common mishap: his life has been very wild: these last three years he gave himself up to strange ways, and his death was shocking.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The night passed without mishap.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • On the other hand, she’d gone in to fix a toilet on several previous occasions without mishap.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • After various lesser mishaps, Meg was finished at last, and by the united exertions of the entire family Jo’s hair was got up and her dress on.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • We took a rickshaw in the Plac Unii, reached Putawska Street without mishap and raced up to the fourth floor, hoping not to meet anyone on the stairs.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • And yet he esteemed himself fortunate, as it seemed to him that this was a regular knight-errant’s mishap, and entirely, he considered, the fault of his horse.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Has your husband told you about the mishap, Mademoiselle la Boudraque?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Then, just when that was blowing over, there was the matter of Clevinger’s plane disappearing so mysteriously in thin air with every member of the crew, and blame for the strange mishap centering balefully on him because he had never signed any of the loyalty oaths.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Along this they could carry no bundles or packs, so narrow and breathless was it, with a fall of a hundred and fifty feet beside them on to sharp rocks below; but each of them took a good coil of rope wound tight about his waist, and so at last without mishap they reached the little grassy bay.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • His fatigue from acting as Rob’s social secretary causes some mishaps, albeit unintentional.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • On the other side, I announced to my servants that a Mr. Hyde (whom I described) was to have full liberty and power about my house in the square; and to parry mishaps, I even called and made myself a familiar object, in my second character.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • To them pain and mishap present a far wider range of possibilities than gladness and enjoyment: their imagination is almost barren of the images that feed desire and hope, but is all overgrown by recollections that are a perpetual pasture to fear.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • In this way they reached the stables without mishap and the horse cantered in proudly to his usual place in the row.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Rosemary shed tears again when she heard of the mishap—altogether it had been a watery day, but she felt that she had learned something, though exactly what it was she did not know.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "What a mishap!" he thought, "what a mishap!"
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It cannot be But that success attends him; if mishap, Ere this he had returned, with fury driven By his avengers; since no place like this Can fit his punishment, or their revenge.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • And the last knight by mishap thou camest behind him and mishappily thou slew him.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • The women had witnessed what nobody else had seen—the origin of the mishap; and Lucetta spoke.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He was careful to enunciate every syllable, every sound that was foreign to his own language, so as to avoid a potentially tragic mishap.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I just wish we’d have one little mishap.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Of course, the best way to prevent a mishap was to be sure to visit our chamber pots every night before we got in bed.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • I’m very sorry to hear about your mishap, but I hope you’re not too put out to be spending the night here in Moscombe.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
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