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 Auburn has been turnover prone to this point in the season, tallying a miscue on 23% of their possessions, according to KenPom data. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Follow live: Arkansas-Auburn tight in 2nd half," 31 Dec. 2020 Murray played much better after that costly miscue, throwing for 151 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 52 yards in the first half. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Tagovailoa, Dolphins rally for 34-31 win over Cardinals," 8 Nov. 2020 One day after Solano’s defensive mistake cost the Giants — a throwing miscue led to Oakland’s first run Friday night — his baserunning did the same. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants can’t stop making costly mistakes in latest 6-0 loss to A’s," 19 Sep. 2020 The episode might have been chalked up to a simple miscue. New York Times, "Blunders Eroded U.S. Confidence in Early Vaccine Front-Runner," 8 Dec. 2020 The rare clang of a miscue echoes through silent, 10,000-seat Menora Arena, the seat of Israeli professional basketball and the place where the 6-foot-9 small forward has already played three professional seasons. Washington Post, "Deni Avdija is ‘the greatest talent in Israeli basketball history.’ But is he ready for the NBA?," 30 Nov. 2020 The miscue, though, allowed for even more drama to an already memorable game. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma beats Texas in four overtimes in longest Red River Shootout, 53-45," 11 Oct. 2020 Elliott Young fumbles on the fake handoff and Luers recovers the miscue at the 14-yard line as the Stars were driving toward the end zone in the final moments of the first half. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana high school football state finals live blog: Western Boone wins Class 2A in a classic," 27 Nov. 2020 Expectations for the fourth-year starter are just so stratospheric that every single miscue is scrutinized. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "‘Healthy’ Ehlinger should have no problems with Kansas," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The series was extended by another Chargers miscue on special teams when Quenton Meeks went offside on a field-goal attempt, giving Miami a first down at the Chargers’ five-yard line. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Herbert vs. Tua Tagovailoa ends with Chargers’ third consecutive loss," 15 Nov. 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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13 Jan 2021

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“Miscue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscue. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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