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miscue1

[mis-kyoo] /mɪsˈkyu/
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 of miscue1
1880-1885
1880-85; mis-1 + cue1

miscue2

[mis-kyoo] /mɪsˈkyu/ 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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Examples from the Web for miscue
Historical Examples
  • A miscue brought an oath from his lips, and he banged his cue upon the floor.

    Parrot & Co. Harold MacGrath
  • He could see he'd made a miscue—a clean miss, and the white ball in the pocket.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You're no inventor, but you're always pretty handy in telling me where I make a miscue in my machines.

  • It hurts her more than anything to make a miscue on the charitable side.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • It remained, though, not to muddle by any slip or miscue what Providence had vouchsafed.

    Ladies and Gentlemen
     
    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • “C.,” who was painfully conscious that he might have made a miscue in the matter of the quotation, answered sharply.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The miscue he made was to flash his Fortune in the Family Circle.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • Who originated this scheme of revising the Bible we do not know, but whoever it was made a miscue.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • miscue, mis-kū′, n. at billiards, a stroke spoiled by the slipping off of the cue.

British Dictionary definitions for miscue

miscue

/ˌmɪsˈkjuː/
noun
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
verb -cues, -cuing, -cued
3.
(intransitive) (billiards) to make a miscue
4.
(intransitive) (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.
(intransitive) (informal) to blunder
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Word Origin and History for miscue
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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