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miscarry (1 the prevailing meaning in S. and from the 14th to the 18th cent.)
1. to come to harm or destruction, perish Mer.V. III. ii. 316 “my ships have all m-ied,” 2H4 IV. i. 129 “That by indictment and by dint of sword Hare since m-ied,” H5 IV. i. 157, Lr. V. i. 5 “Our sister's man is . . . miscarried,” Oth. V. i. 6.
2. to go wrong, prove unsuccessful Cor. I. i. 272 “what miscarries,” Rom. V. iii. 267.
3. to be abortive, fail LLL. IV. i. 115 “if horns that year miscarry” ; (of a child) to be born prematurely 2H4 V. iv. 10, 15
4. to get into wrong hands H8 III. ii. 30.
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