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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As for him, he was not quite sure this miracle might not be a dream, and one false move might cause her to vanish.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • She knew she had made a false move in taking so seriously his remark.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • This the fox tries to prevent, and if the geese make a false move he is able generally to break through the line.

  • It was a false move to have denied all knowledge of the Wild Cat.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • A false move on our part might undo everything and ruin our cause.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • I am ashamed of the false move, but not of the falsehood, in your presence.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Don Ramn became aware that he had made a false move, and drew back.

    The Adventurers Gustave Aimard
  • I had made a false move, and so tried to recover my lost ground.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • Jeffreys was for some time much disconcerted, and thought that once in his life he had made a false move.

    Atrocious Judges John Campbell, Baron Campbell
  • If he made a false move in Spain it was because he had been misdirected.

Contemporary definitions for false move

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