miscue

1 [mis-kyoo]
noun
1.
Sports. a failure to execute a play, stroke, or maneuver properly; an error.
2.
Informal. a mistake.
3.
Informal. to make a mistake.
4.
Theater. to fail to answer one's cue or to answer another's cue.
verb (used with object), miscued, miscuing.
5.
to give the wrong cue to.

Origin:
1880–85; mis-1 + cue1

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miscue

2 [mis-kyoo] Billiards, Pool.
noun
1.
a stroke in which the cue fails to make solid contact with the cue ball.
verb (used without object), miscued, miscuing.
2.
to make a miscue.

Origin:
1870–75; mis-1 + cue2

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miscue (ˌmɪsˈkjuː)
 
n
1.  billiards a faulty stroke in which the cue tip slips off the cue ball or misses it altogether
2.  informal a blunder or mistake
 
vb , -cues, -cuing, -cued
3.  (intr) billiards to make a miscue
4.  (intr) theatre to fail to answer one's own cue or answer the cue of another
5.  radio to start (a record or tape) at the wrong point
6.  informal (intr) to blunder

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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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That's a full agenda, offering ample chances for miscue.
Listeners also varied greatly in their demand for accuracy when meaning was not distorted by the miscue.
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