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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Yet Google’s mishandling of the case is just the latest misstep from the search giant this year that has contributed to a widening gap of trust between executive leadership and employees. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google employees push back after mishandled sexual harassment revelations," 8 Nov. 2018 The wig missteps made this what would be my most expensive Halloween costume, at about $70 for materials. Joe Wadlington, Vox, "Halloween costumes are about dressing as someone else. I decided to go as my own fears instead.," 19 Oct. 2018 The report details some of the missteps: -- Meyer and his wife Shelley clearly didn't believe Zach Smith had committed domestic abuse against his now-ex-wife Courtney. Fox News, "Ohio State probe shows Meyer allowed bad behavior by assistant for years," 24 Aug. 2018 The missteps were the result of bad judgment, not political bias, the inspector general found. Eric Lichtblau, Time, "Here's Why the Inspector General's Report Was Such a Blow to James Comey," 14 June 2018 That story got us asking: Who from Facebook might be fired for the company’s missteps? Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook’s board is throwing public support behind Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — who are on Facebook’s board," 15 Nov. 2018 Rather than immediately admit her misstep, though, Wilson suggested that those actresses didn’t really count as plus-size leads and proceeded to block critics, many of them African American, who called her out on Twitter. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Rebel Wilson apologized for claiming to be the “first-ever plus-sized” woman rom-com lead," 6 Nov. 2018 But within the royal family there is mounting resentment with the young prince’s missteps. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Releases Prince From Detention," 3 Nov. 2018 The cancellation follows months of the host’s missteps, awkward moments and a racially insensitive defense of blackface Halloween costumes. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Megyn Kelly’s NBC morning show is canceled," 26 Oct. 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

: 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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