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

The Diamondbacks scored two runs on Marlins defensive miscues while Miami right-hander Elieser Hernandez struck out a career-high eight batters. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Miami Marlins 3," 27 June 2018 Not enough minor-league at-bats, and basic defensive miscues. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Jorge Alfaro channels Pudge Rodriguez as Phillies take Round 1 from Braves | Extra Innings," 22 May 2018 Unfortunately, the Marlins (5-16) were unable to back him up enough offensively and committed more costly late miscues in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins squander solid pitching effort with more late-game mistakes | Miami Herald," 22 Apr. 2018 The defense wasn’t all that crisp as the two teams combined for six miscues, four by South Houston. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Mavericks draw closer to West Brook with 9-4 victory," 15 Apr. 2018 There was no repeat of a two-out miscue that allowed the Perry Meridian Falcons’ second and third runs to score in the top of the third, although the Falcons did threaten with two men on. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Roncalli's Koppenhofer, who smashed 'big hits for us all year,' seals Marion County title," 14 May 2018 Ball security will be key for Kentucky in order to make the most of any Missouri miscues, but an inexperienced quarterback opens the door for more turnovers. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Missouri in 2018," 9 July 2018 So there's no shame in Bagley having his fair share of miscues during the summer. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Five things to watch for from the Kings as NBA summer league play tips off," 1 July 2018 Hicks certainly has made his share of miscues at first base. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "3 Detroit Tigers takeaways: Matthew Boyd becoming pitching ace?," 21 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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