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By chance; inadvertently:‘his gun went off accidentally’‘accidentally knocked the vase over’
fortuitously, by accident, by chance, by a mere chance, by a twist of fate, adventitiously, as luck would have it, by a fluke, flukily, coincidentally, by coincidence, serendipitouslyby a happy chance, by good fortune, by a piece of luckunexpectedlyunintentionally, inadvertently, involuntarily, unpremeditatedly, unthinkinglyunwittingly, unknowingly, unconsciously, subconsciously, unawaresby mistake, mistakenly, misguidedlyby happenstanceView synonyms
- ‘He lost his right eye two years ago when he was accidentally hit in the face with a hurley during a club game.’
- ‘How many presents have you accidentally thrown out in that pile of discarded wrapping paper this year?’
- ‘I suppose everyone who worked with horses will have had their foot accidentally stepped on.’
- ‘David walks over to his car, and Paul accidentally drops his car keys on the ground.’
- ‘Going home from work in Oxford last night I accidentally got on the Bristol train by mistake.’
- ‘He was also left paralysed for a week after an injection to take fluid from his spine accidentally hit a nerve.’
- ‘I don't know if she accidentally picked up the phone or deliberately did that.’
- ‘It is believed the power cut was caused when a workman accidentally cut through an underground cable.’
- ‘One of the workers accidentally put a bag of caustic soda crystals into the tank instead of soda crystals.’
- ‘Fire officers believe the blaze started when one of the dogs accidentally knocked the cooker hob on.’
- ‘The system will not even wipe credit cards if they are accidentally placed on the pad.’
- ‘However, it may have been brought about by a short circuit or a fire started accidentally by a passenger.’
- ‘The site was accidentally miscategorized when it was initially entered into our database.’
- ‘Nine-year-old Tilly went missing two weeks ago after a door was accidentally left open.’
- ‘The fire had started accidentally when fat from the chip pan caught alight.’
- ‘Police said it was not clear whether the gunman shot his victim deliberately or accidentally.’
- ‘The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but it is thought to have started accidentally.’
- ‘Alex gets up to go, turns around to kiss Susan, and accidentally hits her on the nose.’
- ‘A master of the tea ceremony in old Japan once accidentally slighted a soldier.’
- ‘Very drunk, he accidentally pushed her with his kit bag, knocking her off the path and into the river Cam.’
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