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mishap
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate; or bad luck
  • That direful mishap was at the bottom of his temporary recluseness.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (18% in)
  • It has before been hinted, perhaps, that every little untoward circumstance that befell him, and which indirectly sprang from his luckless mishap, almost invariably irritated or exasperated Ahab.
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (6% in)
  • 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...
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (48% in)
  • As with Fedallah the day before, so Ahab was now found grimly clinging to his boat's broken half, which afforded a comparatively easy float; nor did it so exhaust him as the previous day's mishap.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (52% in)

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