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


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

Noun the slightest miscue could make the trapeze artist lose his grip and fall to the mat below
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The defensive miscue led to a long touchdown drive, and ultimately, a very long night for the Green Wave. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Another reversal: Tulane falls 49-31 to Houston after taking 24-7 first-half lead.," 8 Oct. 2020 Her only miscue was more TMI: talking about her boyfriend. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Dancing With the Stars': Tyra Banks' announces live TV miscue in wild finish, elimination drama," 6 Oct. 2020 The Cowboys got behind two scores following Elliott’s miscue and were forced to pass the ball, preventing the run game from getting established. David Moore, Dallas News, "Browns' Myles Garrett rises to the occasion in a triumphant return home vs. Cowboys," 5 Oct. 2020 Even after being flagged for intentional grounding — his one miscue on the drive — Wilson hit sophomore wide receiver Akeem Hayes for a 28-yard pass on the next play. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Missed extra point dooms Kentucky football in overtime loss to Ole Miss," 3 Oct. 2020 While the Lakers can credit their star power and maturity for prevailing in crunch time, the Nuggets can blame themselves for the miscue. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Nuggets played hard in Game 2, but must play smarter to beat Lakers," 21 Sep. 2020 The Royals got a gift run in the third thanks to the hustle of Mondesi and a miscue by Braun, whose throw from right on the shortstop's single trickled away from Keston Hiura. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 9, Royals 5: Nottingham's grand slam and Arcia's three-run shot flip the script," 18 Sep. 2020 Correa ended his franchise-record error-less streak at shortstop at 90 games with his 10th inning miscue. Kristie Rieken, Houston Chronicle, "Rangers score twice in 10th to down Astros," 2 Sep. 2020 Buxton attempted to score on the miscue but was thrown out at the plate. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox clinch their 1st postseason berth since 2008," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Miscue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscue. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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