Miscue Mis*cue", n. 1. (Billiards) A false stroke with a billiard cue, the cue slipping from the ball struck without impelling it as desired. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: To make a mistake; especially to fail to execute a necessary or expected action at the proper time, such as making a play in sports, or saying one's line in a drama. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • miscue — [mis′kyo͞o΄; ] for v. [ mis kyo͞o′, mis′kyo͞o΄] n. 1. Billiards a faulty shot in which the tip of the cue slips off the ball 2. Informal a mistake; error vi. miscued, miscuing 1. to make a miscue 2. Theater to miss one s cue or answer the wrong… …   English World dictionary

  • miscue — noun bad idea, blunder, botch, bungle, clumsy performance, corrigendum, deviation, erratum, error, flaw, fumble, impropriety, inadvertence, inadvertency, irregularity, miscalculation, misjudgment, miss, misstatement, misstep, mistake,… …   Law dictionary

  • miscue — (n.) 1873, in billiards, failure to strike the ball properly with the cue from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) or perhaps MISS (Cf. miss) (v.) + CUE (Cf. cue) (2). General sense is attested from 1883 …   Etymology dictionary

  • miscue — I. noun Date: 1838 1. a faulty stroke in billiards in which the cue slips 2. mistake, slip II. intransitive verb Date: 1894 to make a miscue …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • miscue — miscue1 /mis kyooh /, n., v., miscued, miscuing. n. 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. Theat. to fail to answer one s cue or to answer another …   Universalium

  • miscue — Synonyms and related words: bad job, balk, be all thumbs, bevue, blooper, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, bobble, boggle, bonehead play, boner, boo boo, botch, bumble, bungle, butcher, clumsy performance, commit a… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • miscue — miscue1 noun (in billiards and snooker) a failure to cue the ball properly. ↘(in other sports) a faulty strike, kick, or catch. verb (miscues, miscueing or miscuing, miscued) perform a miscue. miscue2 noun Linguistics a reading error caused by… …   English new terms dictionary

  • miscue — I mis•cue [[t]mɪsˈkyu[/t]] n. v. cued, cu•ing 1) spo an error in sports 2) inf a mistake; blunder 3) inf to make a mistake 4) sbz to miss a stage cue 5) to give the wrong cue to • Etymology: 1880–85 II mis•cue [[t]mɪsˈkyu[/t]] n. v. cued, cu•ing… …   From formal English to slang

  • miscue — /mɪsˈkju/ (say mis kyooh) noun 1. Billiards, etc. a slip of the cue, causing it to strike the ball improperly or not at all. 2. a mistake or blunder, usually caused by faulty judgement or timing. –verb (i) (miscued, miscuing) 3. to make a miscue …   Australian English dictionary

  • miscue — n. & v. n. (in snooker etc.) the failure to strike the ball properly with the cue. v.intr. ( cues, cued, cueing or cuing) make a miscue …   Useful english dictionary

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