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mishap (noun) a small accident.
A mishap is a minor accident which does not have serious results. When you slip down and fall and are not seriously injured, you have a mishap. An old man may have frequent mishaps while walking; that is, he may have frequent minor accidents without serious results.
- But for the mishap of some water flowing into the boat, their rowing went on smoothly and pleasantly.
- The car broke down for a few minutes on the way to the exam hall. Except for this mishap, they had a smooth drive.