Sports. a failure to execute a play, stroke, or maneuver properly; an error.
Informal. a mistake.
Informal. to make a mistake.
Theater. to fail to answer one's cue or to answer another's cue.
verb (used with object), mis·cued, mis·cu·ing.
to give the wrong cue to.
Origin of miscue1
First recorded in 1880–85; mis-1
a stroke in which the cue fails to make solid contact with the cue ball.
verb (used without object), mis·cued, mis·cu·ing.
Origin of miscue2
First recorded in 1870–75; mis-1
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British Dictionary definitions for miscue
billiards a faulty stroke in which the cue tip slips off the cue ball or misses it altogether
informal a blunder or mistake
verb -cues, -cuing or -cued
(intr) billiards to make a miscue
(intr) theatre to fail to answer one's own cue or answer the cue of another
radio to start (a record or tape) at the wrong point
(intr) informal to blunder
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Word Origin and History for miscue
1873, in billiards, "failure to strike the ball properly with the cue" from mis- (1) or perhaps miss (v.) + cue (2). General sense is attested from 1883.
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