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misstep

[mis-step] /mɪsˈstɛp/
noun
1.
a wrong step.
2.
an error or slip in conduct; faux pas.
Origin of misstep
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, misstep is from the Middle English word missteppen. See mis-1, step
Synonyms
2. fault, transgression, lapse, indiscretion.
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  • First to make the misstep is "it" for the time or for next game.

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  • One misstep and you're liable to get the commissioner killed.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • A misstep might precipitate him into the dark waters of the rushing stream.

  • The horses were tired, and a misstep or a stumble would be dangerous.

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  • Mrs. Brace's voice had not faltered, although she must have seen the misstep.

    No Clue James Hay
British Dictionary definitions for misstep

misstep

/ˌmɪsˈstɛp/
noun
1.
a false step
2.
an error
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Word Origin and History for misstep
v.

also mis-step, c.1300; see mis- (1) + step (v.). The noun in the figurative sense of "faux pas" is first recorded c.1800; literal sense is from 1837.

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