- 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.
- to give the wrong cue to.
Origin of miscue1
- to make a miscue.
Origin of miscue2
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Examples from the Web for miscue
He could see he'd made a miscue—a clean miss, and the white ball in the pocket.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
The miscue he made was to flash his Fortune in the Family Circle.Ade's Fables
It hurts her more than anything to make a miscue on the charitable side.The Helpers
A miscue brought an oath from his lips, and he banged his cue upon the floor.Parrot & Co.
Miscue, mis-kū′, n. at billiards, a stroke spoiled by the slipping off of the cue.
- billiards a faulty stroke in which the cue tip slips off the cue ball or misses it altogether
- informal a blunder or mistake
- (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
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