accident

ac|ci|dent [ `æksıdənt ] noun ***
1. ) count a crash involving a car, train, airplane, or other vehicle:
a fatal accident on the expressway between Plainview and Westbury
He was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.
The accident was caused by ice on the road.
a ) a sudden event, usually caused by someone making a mistake, that results in damage, injury, or death:
Seven men were killed in a serious mining accident yesterday.
a riding/climbing/hunting accident
b ) a mistake that causes minor damage or harm:
Don't make such a fuss it was an accident.
2. ) count or uncount something that happens unexpectedly, without being planned:
To be honest, my second pregnancy was an accident.
a ) it is no accident used for saying that something was planned, perhaps for dishonest reasons:
It is no accident that every letter we send is delayed.
an accident of birth
a situation caused by who your family is instead of by anything you do
an accident waiting to happen
1. ) a situation likely to cause an accident:
An aging nuclear reactor is an accident waiting to happen.
2. ) someone who behaves in a way that is likely to cause trouble
by accident
by chance, without being planned or intended:
Quite by accident, she came up with a brilliantly simple solution.
Occasionally we would meet by accident in the hall.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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