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[mis-hap, mis-hap] /ˈmɪs hæp, mɪsˈhæp/
an unfortunate accident.
Origin of mishap
1300-50; Middle English; see 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
  • After all, this mishap appeared to Boxtel of no great consequence.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • 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
  • And to what mishap do you attribute Mademoiselle's so unceremonious departure?

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • 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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mishap in Technology

An early system on the IBM 1130.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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