Definition of miscarry in US English:



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  • 1(of a pregnant woman) have a miscarriage.

    ‘Wendy conceived, but she miscarried after five weeks’
    with object ‘an ultrasound scan showed that she had miscarried her baby’
    • ‘But in 1992 a pregnant woman spontaneously miscarried when she was ‘tasered.’’
    • ‘On her return to Ireland she needed follow-up medical treatment and had to tell her doctor and the hospital that she had miscarried.’
    • ‘The challenge of an antenatal screening programme is, therefore, to identify women in whom a risk of Down's syndrome is sufficiently high to justify such an invasive test and to minimise the risk of miscarrying a healthy baby.’
    • ‘For goodness sake, nature is estimated to abort up to 80% of all pregnancies - many women miscarry before they even know they are pregnant, and never know they were.’
    • ‘Andrea miscarried on her first attempt and the second attempt didn't take hold.’
    • ‘Fears that chemical byproducts resulting from purifying drinking water with chlorine boost the chances that pregnant women will miscarry were not supported by the results of a major new study.’
    • ‘About 15% of women with a clinically recognised pregnancy will miscarry spontaneously during the first trimester.’
    • ‘It's important to remember that many women experience spotting in early pregnancy and most do not miscarry.’
    • ‘The boy had been the father's only child, a miracle baby, born after his mother had miscarried five times.’
    • ‘The pain was the result of nervous exhaustion and an empty stomach, David says: she will not miscarry.’
    • ‘This can be an alternative to surgery because many ectopic pregnancies will miscarry naturally.’
    • ‘Women who miscarry will experience the same kind of postpartum depression that full-term pregnancy can bring.’
    • ‘I have cared for women miscarrying, and women whose labours have been induced, for all their pain is immeasurable.’
    • ‘They'd gotten pregnant only once before, and she had miscarried.’
    • ‘Your baby could be physically injured, or you could miscarry or have preterm labor.’
    • ‘After two and half months, almost three, Amy miscarried.’
    • ‘Like all pregnancies there is the possibility that she may miscarry, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.’
    • ‘Emily sighed softly in thought, her mind turning to her second child she had miscarried 19 years ago.’
    • ‘Her high blood pressure and the fact that she had miscarried within the last year only added to the problems.’
    • ‘As 15% of pregnancies miscarry, a move towards community care has important implications for the health service.’
    lose one's baby, have a miscarriage, abort, have a spontaneous abortion
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  • 2(of something planned) fail to attain an intended or expected outcome.

    ‘such a rash crime, and one so very likely to miscarry!’
    • ‘But the plot miscarries, and finally Celia's virtue and loyalty prevail on the king to surrender her to his son.’
    • ‘Plans for a new building have miscarried terribly.’
    • ‘They enjoyed the prestige of being the custodians of the Holy Temple at Mecca, and therefore their propaganda was not likely to miscarry.’
    • ‘Is it enough for the defence to raise a reasonable doubt that the plan might have miscarried for some reason?’
    • ‘The plot miscarried, only Hippias' younger brother Hipparchus was killed, and the ‘tyrannicides’ were executed.’
    • ‘Their military plans frequently miscarried so that changes in strategy had to be swiftly devised and implemented.’
    • ‘Selfishly I assured myself with the knowledge that Toby had created his own mess in the past, and that if my plan was to miscarry, it would simply be a nasty case of karma.’
    • ‘But the collection's second proposition miscarries.’
    • ‘This plan miscarried, but he corresponded with Sartre and struck up a friendship with Jean Beaufret, the most loyal of French Heideggerians.’
    go wrong, go awry, go amiss, be unsuccessful, fail, misfire, abort, be abortive, founder, come to nothing, come to grief, meet with disaster, fall through, be ruined, fall flat, boomerang, rebound, backfire, recoil
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    1. 2.1dated (of a letter) fail to reach its intended destination.