on accident

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on accident

  1. Accidentally; not intentionally; because of error, misfortune, or lack of caution.
    I'm sure he backed into the hedge on accident, but the hedge and the car are both a mess now.

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  • In the US, on accident is about 1–2% as common, on average, as by accident (COCA). However, usage varies geographically; some regions use on accident much more than others.
  • In the UK, on accident is about 3% as common as by accident (BNC).

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