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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
1880-1885
1880-85; mis-1 + cue1

miscue2

[mis-kyoo] /mɪsˈkyu/
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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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.

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