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[mis-hap, mis-hap] /ˈmɪs hæp, mɪsˈhæp/
an unfortunate accident.
Origin of mishap
1300-50; Middle English; see mis-1, hap
misadventure, mischance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mishap
  • In the service of the empress, this inept chauffeur faced no legal sanction for the mishap.
  • Our first days of drilling and coring, and a harmless but awe-inspiring mishap.
  • There had been warning signs, the mishap board found.
  • Getting out of an unprecedented series of interventions without a major mishap is not going to be easy.
  • The break, though, could also be explained by a fall or a mishap during mummification.
  • If snails really survive that it must be because of some crazy scientific mishap that went wrong in adapting.
  • What emerges is a cycle of expectation, breakthrough, mishap and false promises.
  • With no slack, the tiniest mishap causes delays to multiply.
  • Repeat this process until you have as many squares as you need plus a few extras in case of a mishap.
  • Cisco's mishap shows that even the best technology offers no protection against bad management decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for mishap


an unfortunate accident
bad luck
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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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