unlucky accident

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In our march, there fell out an unlucky accident, which, however, did not prove of the bad consequence it might have done.
But she may, by some unlucky accident, discover the truth for herself--and, in that case, I strongly distrust the influence which she might attempt to exercise on Blanche's mind."
He told me that you had met with his mother, by an unlucky accident, and that you had discovered the family name.
An unlucky accident has associated you in people's minds with Mr.
When he ran his mind over the whole of this strange Russian campaign in which not one battle had been won, and in which not a flag, or cannon, or army corps had been captured in two months, when he looked at the concealed depression on the faces around him and heard reports of the Russians still holding their ground- a terrible feeling like a nightmare took possession of him, and all the unlucky accidents that might destroy him occurred to his mind.
But this was one of those unlucky accidents for which nobody is to blame; so that the small folks never took it to heart, and only requested the Giant to be careful forever afterwards to examine the acre of ground where he intended to squat himself.
University of Queensland Associate Prof Bryan Fry said it was a "tragically unlucky accident", adding: "By and large they are very gentle animals, and people do go scuba diving with them all the time.
"It was an unlucky accident and as a precaution an elite neurologist consultant will update us further." | FORMER Cardiff Devils defenceman Chris Frank has flown into Britain from Australia to start his third season of Elite League ice hockey.
"I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him (my son) - If he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning - then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive.
Ryan was schooling one for Nige and had an unlucky accident. It's such a shame as he was going to have a couple of rides and was really looking forward to it.
He was experienced and well equipped and it was just an unlucky accident."
"And if some unlucky accident should befall the Patriots' perfect record, if it should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if it should hang itself in its jail cell, or if it is struck by a bolt of lightning; then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room and that, I do not forgive."