accident noun

1 unexpected event that causes damage/injury

ADJ. dreadful, horrific, major, nasty, serious, terrible, tragic, unfortunate | fatal a fatal road accident | minor, slight | freak Their boat sank in a freak accident. | near (= that nearly happens, but does not) | hit-and-run | aircraft, canoeing, car, climbing, flying, industrial, motor, nuclear, road, traffic, etc.

VERB + ACCIDENT be involved in, have, meet with She met with an accident while on holiday in Spain. | cause | prevent | survive

ACCIDENT + VERB happen, occur, take place

ACCIDENT + NOUN prevention | rates, statistics

PREP. in an/the ~

PHRASES an accident involving He was badly hurt in an accident involving two cars and a lorry. | the scene of the accident The ambulance took only six minutes to reach the scene of the accident.

2 sth not planned in advance

ADJ. pure, sheer By pure accident he had come across the very man who could solve the mystery.

PREP. by ~ We met by accident at the airport.

PHRASES be no accident that … It is no accident that men fill most of the top jobs. | by accident or design It happened, whether by accident or design, that Steve and I were the last two people to leave.

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