mis·​step | \ -ˈstep \

Definition of misstep

1 : a mistake in judgment or action : blunder
2 : a wrong step

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Examples of misstep in a Sentence

Their decision to relocate the company was a major misstep. another misstep like that, and the company could go belly-up

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The controversy over Gucci’s sweater shows how quickly a brand’s missteps can be amplified on social media, harming its reputation. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Gucci Owner Admits to a Blind Spot on Blackface," 12 Feb. 2019 Even though The Big Bang Theory is well into season 12, there's one misstep from nearly eight years ago that still gets talked about to this day. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Eagle-Eyed Fans Noticed a Giant 'Big Bang Theory' and 'Young Sheldon' Error," 7 Feb. 2019 But enough talk about Uber’s self-driving missteps. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 There were errors and missteps in our government's response, to be sure. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 11 Sep. 2018 They are allowed to police speech on their platforms that violates their terms of service, though both companies, admittedly, often make missteps on that front. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre Twitter conspiracy theory, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 There are some police missteps, but overall the conspirators either all died over a decade ago or ended up in jail. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Evil Genius Is a True Crime Show About the Strangest Bank Robbery Ever," 23 May 2018 CEO Eddie Lampert addressed the company’s missteps, and said executives are focused on returning the brand to profitability. Samantha Bomkamp, chicagotribune.com, "Sears, Amazon strike deal on tire installation," 9 May 2018 While new laws in Europe and California affect the business models of all internet companies, Facebook has yet to face harsh regulatory actions for its own missteps regarding the privacy of user data. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook Isn’t as Cheap as It Looks," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of misstep

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of misstep

chiefly US : an action or decision that is a mistake


mis·​step | \ mis-ˈstep \

Kids Definition of misstep

1 : a wrong movement I … didn't dare go near the stream for fear of making a misstep and falling in …— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

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