misstep

noun
mis·​step | \ ˌmis-ˈstep How to pronounce misstep (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Presumably, Mike Leach will learn from Jackie Sherrill’s missteps and leave the livestock alone. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "As the coaching doors spin, retreads are all too familiar," 9 Jan. 2020 SoftBank’s Vision Fund has pumped billions of dollars into mostly male founders, inflating valuations and—as in the high-profile fall of WeWork—leading to some missteps. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "How Do Business Roundtable Members Stack Up On Paid Leave?," 19 Dec. 2019 Ives’s time at Glencore hasn’t been without missteps. Jack Farchy, Bloomberg.com, "The Men Who Would Be King of Glencore Move Into the Spotlight," 29 Oct. 2019 But the social media giant’s missteps have nonetheless cost it the trust of some users. Nicole Carpenter, Time, "How To Delete Your Data From Facebook Forever," 24 July 2019 However, McGrath's nascent campaign has not been without missteps. Grace Segers, CBS News, "McGrath to try to capitalize on McConnell's unpopularity in Kentucky Senate race," 11 July 2019 Regardless of whether or not the industry corrects its missteps, music will continue to evolve; artists like Lil Nas X will continue to cross genres. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 The Celtics have won five of their last six games, and their missteps along the way have resulted more in toe stubs than open wounds: Their four losses without Hayward have come by a total of 13 points, the same total as their one win over Denver. BostonGlobe.com, "The Celtics have won five of their last six games, and their missteps along the way have resulted more in toe stubs than open wounds: Their four losses without Hayward have come by a total of 13 points, the same total as their one win over Denver.," 8 Dec. 2019 Max and the aforementioned Louisiana Chihuahua are likely looking to put their missteps in their rearview mirrors. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Unattended Chihuahua Puts SUV in Reverse, Drives Vehicle Through 4-Lane Traffic Before Crashing," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of misstep

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misstep was in 1788

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19 Feb 2020

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“Misstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstep. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for misstep

misstep

noun
How to pronounce misstep (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of misstep

chiefly US : an action or decision that is a mistake

misstep

noun
mis·​step | \ mis-ˈstep How to pronounce misstep (audio) \

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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