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

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As Jack tries to exert some change on the past, there are missteps and confusion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Time-warped ‘Don’t Let Go’ is too convoluted for its own good," 30 Aug. 2019 After a series of missteps and misunderstandings, the United States and China appear to be nowhere close to a trade agreement at a time when trade barriers remain in place with other American partners. New York Times, "Spiraling Trade Tensions Threaten Economy as Trump Pressures China," 2 Aug. 2019 A few years ago the city lost a growing business and spent $800,000 of taxpayer dollars triggered by legal missteps in the Black Bear Crossing fiasco. John Mannillo And Andy Rorvig |, Twin Cities, "Mannillo, Rorvig: Trash, fees, franchises … St. Paul keeps making costly legal mistakes. Why?," 23 June 2019 The lawmakers also linked Libra to other Facebook missteps from the past several years. Joe Lightbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Cryptocurrency lobby fights to contain backlash from Facebook’s Libra," 28 Aug. 2019 The move comes as Kraft Heinz, co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, contends with changing consumer tastes, private-label competition and internal missteps. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Clock starts on potential CPS strike, 2 Chicago cops fired a decade after child abuse accusations and other things to know to start your day," 27 Aug. 2019 Management missteps and other stumbles have erased 70%, or $200bn, of GE’s market capitalisation since 2016. The Economist, "GE finds friends on Wall Street," 22 Aug. 2019 Strategists following the White House race are divided as to whether Joe Biden’s recent verbal missteps will unseat him as the Democratic frontrunner, but polls might be offering a more decisive direction. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Will Gaffes Hurt Biden’s Chances of a 2020 Win? Strategists Are Divided," 19 Aug. 2019 Those missteps vanished during two sublime performances that found him at the height of his powers a year out from Tokyo. Will Graves, baltimoresun.com, "Sam Mikulak cruises to sixth U.S. title in men’s gymnastics; Baltimore’s Donnell Whittenburg places seventh," 11 Aug. 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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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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