mis·​cue | \ ˌmis-ˈkyü, 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

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 The Padres’ defense seems to have at least one miscue every game lately. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lauer strong, Padres falter in ninth against Nationals," 22 May 2018 The Sixers gave up four turnover but didn’t allow the Hornets to convert any of the miscues into points on the other end. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Sixers 108, Hornets 94: Joel Embiid and Marco Belinelli lead second half surge and Ben Simmons notches another triple-double," 19 Mar. 2018 The veteran made two more defensive miscues after committing two errors and two passed balls in Game 1. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Grandal’s woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3," 15 Oct. 2018 Fresenius officials say Akorn's testing miscues, along with a history of operational problems that drew warnings from the Food and Drug Administration, justified canceling the $34-per-share deal. Jef Feeley, chicagotribune.com, "Akorn's lax computer security linked to deal cancellation," 10 July 2018 Silver Creek added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning as the Dragons took advantage of several Indian Creek miscues, including two errors, a walk and a balk. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Silver Creek baseball team advances to state for first time," 9 June 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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