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Definition an unfortunate accident — usually minor
  • We tripped while roller skating, but survived to laugh at the mishap.
mishap = minor accident
  • Her life was altered forever by a medical mishap.
  • mishap = unfortunate accident
  • Barbless hooks are much easier to remove from the fish (and the person fishing, in the event of a mishap).
  • mishap = minor accident
  • 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
  • mishap = unfortunate accident
  • "Just a little mishap," Grace Wexler explained, taking her command post in the middle of the restaurant.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • mishap = unfortunate accident
  • 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
  • mishap = minor accident
  • I have met with grievous mishaps by sea and land, and have been long held in bonds among the heathen-folk to the southward; and am now brought hither by this Indian to be redeemed out of my captivity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • mishaps = unfortunate accidents
  • 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
  • mishaps = unfortunate accidents
  • We members of the Class of 1943 were moving very fast toward the war now, so fast that there were casualties even before we reached it, a mind was clouded and a leg was broken—maybe these should be thought of as minor and inevitable mishaps in the accelerating rush.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • mishaps = unfortunate accidents
  • I apologized by instinct to him for this mishap which discomforted only me.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • mishap = unfortunate accident
  • 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
  • mishap = unfortunate accident
  • The chief tragic event of the old man's life, so far as I could judge, was his mishap with a certain goose, which lived and died some twenty or forty years ago: a goose of most promising figure, but which, at table, proved so inveterately tough, that the carving-knife would make no impression on its carcase, and it could only be divided with an axe and handsaw.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • mishap = unfortunate accident
  • But as this conductor must descend to considerable depth, that its end may avoid all contact with the hull; and as moreover, if kept constantly towing there, it would be liable to many mishaps, besides interfering not a little with some of the rigging, and more or less impeding the vessel's way in the water; because of all this, the lower parts of a ship's lightning-rods are not always overboard; but are generally made in long slender links, so as to be the more readily hauled up into...
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • mishaps = unfortunate accidents
  • No other ship mishap reported in area on that day, so ship-ship collision unlikely.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • And Severus, be very careful, they may not take kindly to your appearance after George Weasley's mishap — " Snape turned at the door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Some mishap had left one leg stiff.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • That direful mishap was at the bottom of his temporary recluseness.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Were all Helen's actions to be governed by a tiny mishap, such as may happen to any young man or woman?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • 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

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