misplay

[n. mis-pley, mis-pley; v. mis-pley] Sports, Games.
noun
1.
a wrong or bad play.
2.
a play prohibited by the rules.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make an error or incorrect play on or with; play wrongly: The catcher misplayed the ball, allowing the base runner to score.
4.
to make a play on or with (a card, chess piece, etc.) prohibited by the rules.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; mis-1 + play

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misplay (ˌmɪsˈpleɪ)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to play badly or wrongly in games or sports: the batsman misplayed the ball
 
n
2.  a wrong or unskilful play

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misplay
1889 (n.), in baseball context, from mis- (1) + play. Related: Misplayed; misplaying.
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With another left fielder, the misplay might not have been so glaring.
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