• WordNet 3.6
    • v miscarry suffer a miscarriage
    • v miscarry be unsuccessful "Where do today's public schools fail?","The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Miscarry To bring forth young before the time they are viable; to have a spontaneous abortion.
    • Miscarry To carry, or go, wrong; to fail of reaching a destination, or fail of the intended effect; to be unsuccessful; to suffer defeat. "My ships have all miscarried .""The cardinal's letters to the pope miscarried ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • miscarry To fail of reaching the intended destination; go astray; be lost or carried astray in transit.
    • miscarry To go wrong; fail in object or purpose; come to naught; come to grief.
    • miscarry To suffer untimely delivery; bring forth young prematurely; give birth to a fetus which is not viable.
    • miscarry To be brought forth before the natural time, as a child.
    • miscarry To mismanage: bring to misfortune or failure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Miscarry to be unsuccessful: to fail of the intended effect: to bring forth, as young, before the proper time
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  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.”
  • Seneca
    “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”


In literature:

If she wrote to me, her letters must have miscarried, and from that day to this I have received no tidings of her.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
I should have known that the risk of a letter miscarrying was very great.
"A True Hero" by W.H.G. Kingston
Still further, is it not possible that your letter to him may have miscarried?
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
We regret to have to record the fact that Quashy's deep-laid schemes in behalf of Manuela and the "sick man" miscarried.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
According to the opinion of a celebrated poet, the best-laid plans of men as well as mice are apt to miscarry.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
Well, all his plots miscarried and he got it in the neck at last.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
But like our own adventure it miscarried, and we were wrecked on the Bermoothes.
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
It was all very well to be "in with" the police; but suppose their plans miscarried?
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Had their plans finally miscarried, there would have been a removal of Alice Webster.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
That is where the bomb is going to fall, unless my plans miscarry most woefully.
"A Woman for Mayor" by Helen M. Winslow

In poetry:

When Celia, love's eternal foe,
To rich old Gomez first was married;
And angry Cupid came to know
His shafts had err'd, his bow miscarried;
"Cupid and Plutus" by William Shenstone
Whose owl-eyes in the scraggly wood
Scared mothers to miscarry,
Drove the dogs to cringe and whine
And turned the farmboy's temper wolfish,
The housewife's, desultory.
"The Death Of Myth-Making" by Sylvia Plath
But Buonaparte still tarried;
His project had miscarried;
At the last hour, equipped for victory,
The fleet had paused; his subtle combinations had been parried
By British strategy.
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy
The greatest of all is the man who can say
When battle is over and foe gained the day,
"The fault was in me:
My plan miscarried through miscalculation;
On me rests the blame, and not on the nation:
My soldiers are free."
""It Was My Fault"" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Next, Dick, if Chance herself should vary,
Observe how matter would miscarry:
Across your eyes, Friend, place your shoes,
Your spectacles upon your toes,
Then you and Memmius shall agree
How nicely men would walk or see.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto I." by Matthew Prior
So you think he is defeated, O ye comfortably seated,
And that Victory is meted in your loaded huckster's scales?
O ye fools! though justice tarry, yet by heaven broad and starry,
Right, howe'er it may miscarry, ere the end arrive, prevails.
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin

In news:

A Swedish court of appeal on Tuesday sentenced a 27-year-old man to 18 months in prison for trying to make his girlfriend miscarry by mixing abortion pill s in her food.
Prosecutors have charged a restaurateur with attempted murder for allegedly trying to induce his then-girlfriend to miscarry, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
Man charged with inducing ex to miscarry .
The image of a mother handing her teenage son a jar containing the remains of her just-miscarried fetus may be a disturbing one.
The family of TLC reality TV show '19 Kids & Counting' honors their miscarried 20th child – with photos of mom Michelle holding its feet and hand.
Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, repeatedly asked the hospital to terminate her pregnancy because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying, her family said.
Ireland Pledges to Clarify Abortion Laws After Death of Miscarrying Woman.
Many women miscarry without a safety net of support.
Savita Halappanavar was admitted to hospital in Galway, Ireland, as she miscarried her baby, but doctors allegedly refused to give her a termination.
Some sad news from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — after recently announcing they were expecting their 20th child, they've now learned that Michelle, 45, has miscarried in her second trimester.
Holley tells the Times-News she has a doctor's statement saying she was pregnant , but miscarried.
Seattle protester miscarries, blames cops who pepper sprayed her.
Overweight women undertaking ART twice as likely to miscarry as their slimmer counterparts.

In science:

CDG and the classical C∞ -smooth manifold model of spacetime supporting its constructions ‘miscarry with’ (to use Einstein’s expression above) quantum theory, and it wil l therefore be of no import to QG research.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
We must therefore give up in principle the spacetime continuum (:manifold) and the usual Analysis (Calculus or CDG) based on it, because they appear to miscarry in the QG deep.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity