mis·​cue | \ ˌmis-ˈkyü How to pronounce miscue (audio) , ˈmis-ˌkyü\

Definition of miscue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a faulty stroke in billiards in which the cue slips
2 : mistake, slip


miscued; miscuing; miscues

Definition of miscue (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a miscue

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Examples of miscue in a Sentence


the slightest miscue could make the trapeze artist lose his grip and fall to the mat below

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mississippi State scored 37 points off those miscues. USA TODAY, "Johnson scores 22, No. 2 Miss State handles Florida 98-50," 8 Feb. 2018 Krulak, who also worked on it, admitted there were miscues in the process. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 The Wolverines feasted on MSU's turnovers in the first half, scoring 17 points off the Spartans' eight miscues. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Moritz Wagner shines as Michigan basketball upsets Michigan State 82-72," 13 Jan. 2018 That also kick-started the comeback that ended with a missed call that will be cursed in New Orleans for generations, an unlikely miscue by Brees and a legendary kick—all of which has the Rams heading to Atlanta for the Super Bowl. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Rams Rally to Claim Super Bowl Spot," 20 Jan. 2019 Grappling for the first time with divided government, Trump has contradicted himself, sent miscues and spread falsehoods. Seung-min Kim, The Seattle Times, "Inside Trump’s defiance on the longest shutdown ever," 13 Jan. 2019 Huge lessons for our team,’’ Carroll said of the numerous miscues throughout. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks set new single-game franchise record for penalty yards in stunning overtime loss to 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018 Resolute to flip his fortune, Carpenter talked openly of his team’s strategy miscues in years past. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Why each of the Indy 500's Fast Nine (plus one) can win it," 20 May 2018 The young Sixers took advantage of 15 Celtics turnovers compared to just eight miscues of their own en route to an 103-92 win in Monday's Game 4 in Philadelphia. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "76ers handle Celtics in Game 4 to avoid second-round sweep," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of miscue


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1889, in the meaning defined above

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