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[mis-step] /mɪsˈstɛp/
a wrong step.
an error or slip in conduct; faux pas.
Origin of misstep
1250-1300; Middle English missteppen. See mis-1, step
2. fault, transgression, lapse, indiscretion. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misstep
  • But certain fundamental aspects of humor help explain why a misstep may elicit laughter.
  • There is peat bog, or muskeg, dangerous if you take a misstep and fall into a muskeg hole.
  • Asking graduate students to sign a letter was yet another misstep.
  • One misstep wipes out years of patient and productive participation.
  • Search committees were not waiting for any misstep to eliminate me from consideration.
  • Yahoo, on the other hand, has weathered misstep after misstep for more than a decade.
  • There was always a snag, a cultural misstep or lame alliteration.
  • The problem is that is isn't much fun to be engaged in an activity where the slightest misstep takes you out of contention.
  • And when this happens, the focus should be on the antiscientific misstep at hand.
  • His only misstep is a limp, swinging wrist at the beginning of the performance.
British Dictionary definitions for misstep


a false step
an error
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Word Origin and History for misstep

also mis-step, c.1300; see mis- (1) + step (v.). The noun in the figurative sense of "faux pas" is first recorded c.1800; literal sense is from 1837.

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