accident
noun
1 unexpected event that causes damage/injury
ADJECTIVE
bad, dreadful (esp. BrE), horrible, horrific (esp. BrE), major, nasty, serious, terrible, tragic, unfortunate
deadly (AmE), fatal

a fatal road accident

minor, slight, small
bizarre, freak

Their boat sank in a freak accident.

hit-and-run
industrial, nuclear
auto (AmE), automobile (AmE), bike, car, highway (AmE), motor (BrE), motorbike (BrE), motorcycle, motor-vehicle, road, traffic

The woman was involved in a road traffic accident. (BrE)

aircraft, airplane (AmE), plane (esp. AmE)
boating, climbing, hunting, riding, skiing
VERB + ACCIDENT
be involved in, have, meet with (BrE), suffer

She met with an accident while skiing in Colorado.

cause
avoid, prevent
survive
recover from
ACCIDENT + VERB
happen, occur, take place
ACCIDENT + NOUN
black spot (BrE)
victim
prevention
investigation, report
rate, statistics
PREPOSITION
in an/the accident
PHRASES
an accident involving

He was badly hurt in an accident involving two cars and a van.

an accident waiting to happen (= a situation which is likely to become dangerous)
the scene of the accident

The ambulance took only six minutes to reach the scene of the accident.

2 sth not planned in advance
ADJECTIVE
mere, pure, sheer

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

happy
historical
PREPOSITION
by accident

We met by accident at the airport.

PHRASES
an accident of birth (esp. BrE)
an accident of history

It's just an accident of history that the city became part of the Soviet Union.

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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