[mis-kar-ee; for 1 also mis-kar-ee]
verb (used without object), miscarried, miscarrying.
to have a miscarriage of a fetus.
to fail to attain the right or desired end; be unsuccessful: The plan miscarried.
to go astray or be lost in transit, as a letter.

1275–1325; Middle English miscarien. See mis-1, carry

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miscarry (mɪsˈkærɪ)
vb , -ries, -rying, -ried
1.  to expel a fetus prematurely from the womb; abort
2.  to fail: all her plans miscarried
3.  (Brit) (of freight, mail, etc) to fail to reach a destination

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "to come to harm, perish;" of persons, "to die," of objects, "to be lost or destroyed," from mis- (1) "wrongly" + caryen "carry" (see carry). Meaning "deliver unviable fetus" first recorded 1520s; that of "fail, come to naught" (of plans or designs) is from c.1600.
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miscarry mis·car·ry (mĭs'kār'ē, mĭs-kār'ē)
v. mis·car·ried, mis·car·ry·ing, mis·car·ries
To have a miscarriage; abort.

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Example sentences
It is certainly easy to poke fun at serious-minded and well-meaning attempts at dialogues that miscarry.
It's easy to poke fun at serious, well-meaning attempts at dialogue that miscarry, as many unfortunately do.
He then slammed her body to the floor, causing her to miscarry.
He then slammed her body to the floor causing her to miscarry.
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