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mis·​cue ˌmis-ˈkyü How to pronounce miscue (audio)
: a faulty stroke in billiards in which the cue slips


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miscued; miscuing; miscues

intransitive verb

: to make a miscue

Example Sentences

Noun the slightest miscue could make the trapeze artist lose his grip and fall to the mat below
Recent Examples on the Web
Gustave, meanwhile, surrendered the lead two pitches into the fifth as Goldschmidt led off with a double and O'Neill roped a single to right that Avisaíl García overran -- a miscue that led to the ball rolling almost all the way to the wall. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2021 His foot was on the line, but that miscue ultimately didn’t matter. Detroit Free Press, 2 Dec. 2022 Muscle Shoals took advantage of a special teams miscue by Gardendale and ran away with a 38-7 road victory in the Class 6A quarterfinals on Friday night. Anton Williams, al, 18 Nov. 2022 With the Wildcats down 7-3 at halftime, El Camino senior Elton Hurd turned a near-miscue into an 82-yard kickoff return to open the second half when one of his up-men nearly backed into him and got in the way of the ball, and the return man. Ramon Scott, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Andrew Van Ginkel recovered the block and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown, a costly miscue for a special teams unit that has been very solid. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 Also in the first quarter, Jackson was called for pass interference against Courtland Sutton, a miscue that cost the Chargers another 21 yards. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2022 But an attack miscue from the Lady Hornets started a five-point rally for the Lady Eagles, who eventually took the set when Addie Fielder dropped a shot inside for a winner. Erick Taylor, Arkansas Online, 30 Oct. 2022 The Wildcats overcame 144 yards rushing on 34 carries by St. Edward’s Chris Williams, whose lone miscue came on a fumble in the first half that Tim Fitzpatrick ran back for the score. Matt Goul, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2022
Coach Tim Tyrrell lamented the special teams miscue with a bit of a chuckle. Matt Goul, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2022 Miami also had its first-half scoring drive assisted by an opponent’s special teams miscue. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Perhaps a Rams special teams miscue opens the door for a narrow defeat. Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021 The Cougars capitalized on another Plantation special teams miscue as junior Davari Morris made a diving catch of a 7-yard scoring toss from Daniels to make it 27-7 with 3:12 left in the third quarter. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Sep. 2021 The series was extended by another Chargers miscue on special teams when Quenton Meeks went offside on a field-goal attempt, giving Miami a first down at the Chargers’ five-yard line. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of miscue was in 1838

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“Miscue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscue. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
mis·​cue (ˈ)mis-ˈkyü How to pronounce miscue (audio)
: a faulty stroke in billiards in which the cue slips


2 of 2 verb
: to make a miscue
: to miss a stage cue
: to answer a wrong cue

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