mis·​step | \ -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

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Adam Levine still hasn't quite come back from his dramatic misstep on The Voice. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Slammed for Airing 'Insulting' Call Between DeAndre Nico and Reagan Strange," 11 Dec. 2018 The decision to drill some of the longest horizontal wells ever in shale rocks turned into a costly misstep costing hundreds of millions of dollars, the people said. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "The Merger That Made a U.S. Gas Giant Is Failing," 13 Jan. 2019 But the studio’s foray away from its stop-motion roots and into CGI in 2006, with Flushed Away, was a misstep. Time, "How the Studio Behind Early Man Is Keeping It Old-School in a Digital World," 14 Feb. 2018 The activist claims eBay, which has lost 30% of its market value over the past 12 months, has suffered from a history of execution missteps. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Can Activist Lightning Strike Twice for eBay?," 22 Jan. 2019 Pruitt is under fire for leaning on Environmental Protection Agency employees to run personal errands and help secure a job for his wife, the latest in a string of ethical missteps to come to light about the former Oklahoma attorney general. Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Says He’s ‘Not Happy’ With EPA’s Pruitt Amid Ethics Scandals," 15 June 2018 Time United Airlines has been making – and making up for – a wide range of customer service missteps lately. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Fliers freak out after United cans tomato juice; airline backtracks," 15 May 2018 And while there’s room for missteps in sharing personal experiences, incorporating those realistic stories into prevention work can be a positive, Richter said. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Do those real-life addiction stories really keep kids off drugs?," 12 July 2018 In this in-depth multimedia piece at the Toronto Star, Amy Dempsey unravels how a series of missteps and errors at every phase of the investigation nearly allowed one couple to get away with murder — three times. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How to (Almost) Get Away With Murder," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of misstep

chiefly US : an action or decision that is a mistake


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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