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

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The Pride boast enough talent to clinch an National Women’s Soccer League playoff spot, but lapses in focus and uncharacteristic miscues led to a surprising 3-1 loss at Houston Wednesday and threatened to derail their season. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride earn 2-1 road win over Utah Royals," 14 July 2018 Add that miscue to Moncada’s two fielding errors in the last four games and eight in June. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Ricky’s boys cause fits: Fielding, baserunning errors evidence of ‘sloppiness’," 2 July 2018 In making its hostile takeover offer, Elliott argued that strategic and management miscues had left the company greatly undervalued. Kate Kelly, New York Times, "Bush Scion Is Out as Health Firm’s Chief After Intense Activist Campaign," 6 June 2018 The Reds, who lost two games in a row for the first time in more than a week, took a lead through the Cubs’ own fielding miscues. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds' Riggleman on loss to Cubs: 'We're beyond the point of moral victories'," 8 July 2018 Yet turnovers and miscues were costly, with Arizona dropping four out of its last five games, including a 38-35 loss to Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Arizona eager to build on progress, is No. 62 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 26 June 2018 In a season of many miscues by the Mets, including a lineup that batted out of order, Reyes’s double blunder seemed destined to send the Mets to another defeat. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Citi Field Freezes Over: Mets Beat the Yankees," 11 June 2018 Perhaps a 19-point loss was a bit easier to swallow than an overtime loss spurred by miscues and missed calls. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "As the NBA Finals moves to Cleveland, LeBron James returns home, but for how long?," 5 June 2018 After playing errorless baseball in the first two games of the tournament, UConn committed five miscues that helped lead to five unearned runs. Staff Report, courant.com, "UConn Baseball Loses To USF, 13-0; Two Meet Again Friday," 24 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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