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

Back-to-back miscues made it 5-1, before a Black single scored Jackson Becker. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood’s Pinto All-Stars clinch berth to Sunday’s Directors Tournament championship game," 8 June 2019 Along with Castro’s throwing miscue in the third, JaCoby Jones misplayed a ball in center in the fifth, allowing Garcia to score on Choi’s hit. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Familiar mix in loss, with too few hits, too many errors," 5 June 2019 Cardinal fans had some fun on Twitter, which eventually caught the eye of Busted Coverage, a website out of New York that aggregates miscues in the sports world. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Milt Wagner definitely is a Louisville fan, but also a living legend to Cardinal Nation," 29 Mar. 2018 Especially when lodged in a playoff race, every miscue is magnified and every slow start could mean missed points in the standings. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers lose to Senators 5-3, snapping eight-game home winning streak," 13 Mar. 2018 He was charged with a balk, and that was just the beginning of a night of miscues by the Marlins in their 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Mistakes come back to haunt Marlins in loss to Arizona," 26 June 2018 The Cavs shot 42% from the field, hit just 9-of-34 three-pointers (26.5%) and coughed the ball up 15 times in comparison to the Celtics’ eight miscues. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "LeBron James shows off uncanny memory with precise recall of all six Game 5 turnovers," 24 May 2018 Scott Laughton had miscues that led to the Pens’ first two goals. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Claude Giroux's struggles in NHL playoffs continue in Flyers' loss to Penguins," 18 Apr. 2018 Mississippi State scored 37 points off those miscues. USA TODAY, "Johnson scores 22, No. 2 Miss State handles Florida 98-50," 8 Feb. 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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