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

Definition of misstep

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

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 Watson atoned for her misstep on floor, scoring a 9.9250 on vault to lead Auburn in that event. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 14 Apr. 2022 So one misstep can turn a team’s championship dreams to slush. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 As for what some brands are doing wrong, one very specific misstep is passing the buck on shipping delays. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 They are often beleaguered victims of office politics — one misstep away from being put out to pasture. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Due to interlocking dependencies on the web, such as content delivery networks, one misstep in applying this technique could take down a key piece of internet infrastructure, making a widespread outage more likely. Nick Merrill, The Conversation, 26 July 2021 One memorable misstep triggered a New Jersey Supreme Court review and led justices to overturn a bank robbery conviction in January. Kathleen Foody, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 Even the most straitlaced coppers are just one misstep away from operating on the wrong side of the law. Olivia-anne Cleary, Vulture, 23 Mar. 2021 Although they’re meant to delight us with the daily drama of being part of the global elite, streamers pushing narratives about the one percent in our current climate does sometimes feel like a misstep. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of misstep

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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“Misstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstep. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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