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false move

a movement that may be interpreted as threatening.
an act or action that can cause trouble or damage; mistake:
If the bus driver had made one false move, we would have skidded off the icy road. Unabridged
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  • Blessed with this high calling, he reckoned he had never made a false move.
  • All he knows is one false move could cost him his life.
  • It would appear that a false move would be impossible to get right.
  • As far as her career prospects are concerned, this is something of a false move.
Contemporary definitions for false move

an unwise or careless action with risky consequences's 21st Century Lexicon
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