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

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Clock management and burning timeouts to get Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert back on the field after he was required to sit out a play were just a couple of reasons McMurphy cited as miscues by the Ducks in the second half. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Brett McMurphy explains why he ranked Auburn No. 4 on his AP ballot," 4 Sep. 2019 So if Trump and Biden end up facing off in the general election next year, which one’s verbal miscues will be most damaging? oregonlive.com, "Can you tell a Joe Biden ‘gaffe’ from a Donald Trump ‘gaffe’? Don’t be so sure," 21 Aug. 2019 Another miscue by the Pride backline gave the Thorns a second opportunity on goal in the 58th minute. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 4-3 on road against Portland Thorns despite late rally," 15 July 2019 To be fair, fellow outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who has also had his share of defensive miscues this season, ranks even lower at 91st. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies can’t afford defense to be a question mark heading into second half of season," 5 July 2019 For an isolated child, immersion in movies can sometimes lead to social miscues. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "On the Road with Mitski," 1 July 2019 Along with Fitzpatrick’s miscues, the Dolphins offense was unable to shake starting running back Kalen Ballage free during the first half. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles mightily vs. Jaguars, forcing Brian Flores to re-evaluate Dolphins’ starting quarterback job," 23 Aug. 2019 Improvised pre-electoral wordsmithing has produced an all-time award-winning marathon champion in miscues, malapropisms, and fabrications in Joe Biden. Conrad Black, National Review, "Today’s Campaign Rhetoric Is Not Exactly Cicero," 13 Aug. 2019 Maeda, already having had to work around multiple miscues, crouched in frustration. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ plethora of defensive problems add up to worst loss of season," 29 July 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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