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 While there were noticeable improvements in the product FSU put on field, particularly with the defense and special-teams unit, Taggart said there were noticeable miscues. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "Willie Taggart says FSU is improving, cites reasons for optimism," 16 Sep. 2019 Rivers had driven his team into scoring range late in the fourth quarter, when two miscues spelled dead end. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mistake-filled Chargers loss seems oh-so-familiar," 15 Sep. 2019 Spencer Brown and Jonathan Haden combined for 118 yards against Alabama State but penalties and a few miscues kept the Blazers from extending its lead through air with Tyler Johnston. Evan Dudley, al, "Blazer Buzz: UAB hits the road for early kickoff at Akron," 6 Sep. 2019 During the bidding for the controversial 1939 Porsche Type 64—one of only three of this model ever made by Ferdinand Porsche and the oldest to wear the Porsche badge—a miscue occurred. Fortune, "The Future of Auctions Might Rely on Luxury Items," 31 Aug. 2019 Early in the season, mistakes along the backline plagued Orlando, with muffed passes and miscues between defenders leading to simple one-on-one opportunities for opponents. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Marc Skinner looks ahead after loss drops Orlando Pride to bottom of table," 26 Aug. 2019 Except for a fumble miscue that put Cali up 6-0, the Lions defense dominated its opponent and didn’t allow a first down. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Lauderhill Lions following up national championship with impressive start," 22 Aug. 2019 Another night of mediocre pitching, fielding miscues and a mostly punchless attack led to a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers provide more of the same in return home, lose 5-3 to Rangers," 25 June 2019 Advertising The documents outline the cause of the nonprofit’s demise: A combination of unforeseen financial hits and miscues by its volunteer board. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Financial miscues, loss of donations doom Seattle-based Sight Connections nonprofit for the blind," 21 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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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of miscue was in 1838

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not being in agreement or harmony

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