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 The lowdown: Not a single misstep in this group by GM Andrew Berry. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams," 2 May 2021 Suddenly, Bettinger, a misstep away from a scoreless inning, was reeling in his major league debut. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers stage overdue eruption behind grand slams by AJ Pollock and Matt Beaty," 2 May 2021 Years of planning and preparing can go away with one cold night or a small misstep in training. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, "This female trainer could make history if horse Hidden Stash wins the Kentucky Derby," 26 Apr. 2021 Harvard Law School reports that over half of CEO transitions fail, and a leadership misstep at the company would cause serious consequences for hundreds of thousands of employees, markets, and other businesses – not to mention millions of customers. Denise Lee Yohn, Forbes, "How Jassy And Bezos Can Avoid Leadership Transition Failure At Amazon," 1 Mar. 2021 Lincoln had to contend with various pressures knowing that any misstep could very well lead to the destruction of the Union. San Antonio Express-News, "Join One Day University's class on Abraham Lincoln," 23 Apr. 2021 The misstep left Republicans open to attacks about the partisan aims behind the initiative. Lissandra Villa, Time, "Kevin McCarthy’s Gamble on a “Big Tent” GOP," 23 Apr. 2021 Any misstep would threaten a replay of 2014 and 2016, when the Obama administration scrambled to stem a chaotic influx of migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. New York Times, "As Biden Prepares to Take Office, a New Rush at the Border," 13 Dec. 2020 But for him, each misstep further narrowed his opportunities. Toluse Olorunnipa And Griff Witte Washington Post, Star Tribune, "How systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and hobbled his ambition," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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“Misstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstep. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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