mis·​play | \ ˈmis-ˌplā How to pronounce misplay (audio) \

Definition of misplay

: a wrong or unskillful play : error

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misplay \ ˌmis-​ˈplā How to pronounce misplay (audio) , ˈmis-​ˌplā How to pronounce misplay (audio) \ transitive verb

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Emmel and Posey had to shoulder responsibility for the first run while Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford knows his fifth inning misplay led to the second. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants playing their best baseball in 12 months, take down first-place Brewers at home," 14 June 2019 Those performances allowed Vazquez to move beyond the disappointment of his misplay to set the game-winning rally in motion, allowing the 35-34 Red Sox to keep intact the firewall that has separated them from a losing record for the last five weeks. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Bases-loaded walk in ninth lifts Red Sox past Rangers," 12 June 2019 And the Diamondbacks scored one of their two runs in the third on Dietrich’s misplay. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Mistakes come back to haunt Marlins in loss to Arizona," 26 June 2018 Bosnian midfielder Haris Medunjanin had taken advantage of a defensive misplay by Diego Campos -who started at right mid but was switched to right back due to an early injury to Kevin Ellis- to open the scoring at Toyota Park. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Accam's late goal earns Philadelphia a win over the Chicago Fire," 11 July 2018 That misplay didn’t end up costing the Marlins as Straily got out of the inning. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Brinson gaffes contribute to another loss for sinking Marlins," 3 June 2018 The first came off a gorgeous transition (combined with a Jan Vertonghen misplay) that ended with Genki Haragushi appearing to wait too long before lashing a pinpoint strike for 1-0. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Belgium Stages Thrilling Comeback on Japan in Best Half of 2018 World Cup," 2 July 2018 Ramos having a misplay on the ball with Andres Iniesta that set Morocco free on their first goal, and then Ramos beaten for the header on Morocco's second goal. Grant Wahl And Brian Straus, SI.com, "World Cup Daily Podcast: Spain and Portugal Advance in Dramatic Group B Finales," 25 June 2018 The Royals lost to the Astros 4-3 on Carlos Correa's walkoff single in the 12th inning when a series of misplays wrought havoc on their error total. Maria Torres, kansascity, "After Brandon Maurer blows ninth-inning lead, Royals lose to Astros in 12 innings," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of misplay

1867, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misplay

: a mistake made by a person who is playing a sport (such as baseball or tennis)

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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