happy accident

(redirected from Happy Accidents)
Also found in: Wikipedia.

happy accident

A mistake or unplanned event that results in a beneficial outcome or pleasant surprise. The creation of penicillin was a happy accident that resulted from Alexander Fleming's discovery of mold growing in his agar plates.
See also: accident, happy
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
See also:
References in classic literature ?
"Thou sayest well, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "but remember all times are not alike nor do they always run the same way; and these things the vulgar commonly call omens, which are not based upon any natural reason, will by him who is wise be esteemed and reckoned happy accidents merely.
For this gentleman, when his fortunes changed, had stood at the great advantage of being already prepared for the highest associates, and having little to learn: so much was he indebted to the happy accidents which had made him acquainted with horse-dealing and billiard-marking.
Thanks to the happy accident of my position, the one certain way of protecting her lay easily within my reach.
This happy accident was not to be undone even by me, and, as nothing succeeds like success, and the constant encouragement of the one great cricketer on the field was in itself an immense stimulus, I actually made a run or two in my very next innings.
The weather was chilly (oh rare and happy accident!), and a fire was blazing upon the hearth.
The shows follow his break through with Happy Accidents, which featured his collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid.
* I don't make mistakes, I just have happy accidents.
Strawberries in springtime, pretty happy accidents, my awareness that I'm lucky rolling clouds over cement."
The Happy Accidents of the Swing (after Fragonard) (all works 2018), for instance, recaptures the renowned Les hasards heureux de l'escarpolette (The Happy Accidents of the Swing), 1767.
MUSIC Jamie Lawson The Ivor Novello Award-winning musician released his latest album, Happy Accidents, on Ed Sheeran's record label.
Last year, Jamie released his fifth album Happy Accidents. It includes Can't See Straight, which he wrote with Ed, who also added some keys on A Little Mercy and backing vocals on Sing to the River.
The painting's unabridged title is The Happy Accidents of the Swing, but clearly, neither the garter nor the voyeur is in any way accidental.
MUSIC Da Iawn Fest #3 With sets from Great Cynics, Grand Collapse, Hot Mass, The Fairweather Band, Happy Accidents, Masts, Austeros, The Run Up, Deadlines and Winter Coat.