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

Ingram never seemed the same following that first-quarter miscue in Saturday’s 45-38 loss to LSU. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns notebook: Texas expects RB Ingram to bounce back," 9 Sep. 2019 That miscue led to a run when Nick Ahmed’s RBI single put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Jeff Wallner, Cincinnati.com, "Michael Lorenzen's late-game heroics powers Cincinnati Reds over Arizona Diamondbacks," 8 Sep. 2019 The Timbers already had a solid starting goalkeeper in Jeff Attinella and Timbers fans best remembered Clark for his miscue against Portland 27 seconds into the 2015 MLS Cup. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark continuing to excel in the net," 4 Sep. 2019 West built its early lead by taking advantage of an East miscue on special teams and converting on a big fourth-down reception by Dhar Montalbo. Anchorage Daily News, "East shrugs off slow start, downs West 36-14," 31 Aug. 2019 Thursday night, the Vikings needed merely to overcome their own miscues on their way to trouncing Torrance 56-0 in a nonleague game at Westminster High. Barry Faulkner, Daily Pilot, "Marina football dominates Torrance, improves to 2-0," 29 Aug. 2019 Arizona, however, did not take advantage of that miscue. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies lose to Diamondbacks, fall below .500 entering the All-Star break," 7 July 2019 Nurse picked a terrible moment for what might have been his first miscue of the series. Because after the break, Toronto’s momentum was stifled. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7," 12 June 2019 After digging an 11-point, second-quarter hole Friday, the Raptors reviewed their miscues at halftime, seizing their first lead of the game less than a minute into the third quarter. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors must now make history after Game 4 loss puts them in 3-1 Finals hole," 7 June 2019

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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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