by mistake

idiom

: because of a mistake : without intending to
I got on the wrong train by mistake.

Examples of by mistake in a Sentence

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“By mistake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20mistake. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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