Meaning of ACCIDENT in English
1 unexpected event that causes damage/injury
▪ bad , dreadful ( esp. BrE ), horrible , horrific ( esp. BrE ), major , nasty , serious , terrible , tragic , unfortunate
▪ deadly ( AmE ), fatal
a fatal road ~
▪ minor , slight , small
▪ bizarre , freak
Their boat sank in a freak ~.
▪ 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 ~. ( 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 ~ while skiing in Colorado.
▪ avoid , prevent
▪ recover from
ACCIDENT + VERB
▪ happen , occur , take place
ACCIDENT + NOUN
▪ black spot ( BrE )
▪ investigation , report
▪ rate , statistics
▪ in an/the ~
▪ an ~ involving
He was badly hurt in an ~ involving two cars and a van.
▪ an ~ waiting to happen (= a situation which is likely to become dangerous)
▪ the scene of the ~
The ambulance took only six minutes to reach the scene of the ~.
2 sth not planned in advance
▪ mere , pure , sheer
By pure ~ he had come across the very man who could solve the mystery.
▪ by ~
We met by ~ at the airport.
▪ an ~ of birth ( esp. BrE )
▪ an ~ of history
It's just an ~ of history that the city became part of the Soviet Union.
▪ be no ~ that …
It is no ~ that men fill most of the top jobs.
▪ by ~ or design
It happened, whether by ~ or design, that Steve and I were the last two people to leave.
Oxford Collocations English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний . 2012