Main definitions of miscue in US English:

: miscue1miscue2

miscue1

noun

  • 1(in billiards) a shot in which the player fails to strike the ball properly with the cue.

    • ‘The stick is not elevated nearly as much, and miscues are less common.’
    • ‘As you sit there and watch him breaking the next rack of balls you try to appear calm, while at the same time you are praying for him to trip, miscue, lose an eye, anything that would cause him to miss the next shot.’
    • ‘You could discover a weakness in your shooting, such as favoring right over left English, or using too much side spin, which can cause miscues.’
    • ‘Chalk is applied to the leather to make sure the tip ‘sticks’ to the cueball to prevent miscues, or to apply spin.’
    • ‘A player whose miscue lost him the chance of pocketing £5,000 for a maximum break this week will be in the star-studded line-up when the UK Snooker Championship comes to York in December.’
    1. 1.1 (in other sports) a faulty strike, kick, or catch.
      • ‘That's about the only miscue Johnson makes in the Bengals' 23-9 defeat.’
      • ‘There are too many defensive miscues, and there isn't enough early offense, resulting in a high number of close games and forcing several come-from-behind rallies that could be draining in the bigger picture.’
      • ‘Despite a teammate's miscue on catching a foul ball, the pitcher should not be deprived of his perfect game as long us he retires the batter who hit the foul ball.’
      • ‘Luka hitters had eight hits and many chances to score over the course of the game, but were unable to do so, due to some key miscues with runners in scoring position.’
      • ‘Their 68 miscues broke the old major league mark of 81, established by the Baltimore Orioles in 1998.’
      • ‘The center hikes the ball for the final play, but there is a miscue between him and the quarterback; the ball is on the ground!’
      • ‘The cheers will come when they should: applauding great shots and victories for the home side, as well as miscues by the opponents.’
      • ‘In the 13 th minute, a miscue from an Indonesian defender resulted in a corner kick, which the Saudis made the best of with Sulaimani slotting home for a 2-0 lead.’
      • ‘During that span he had just one game with as many as four miscues (and he had 10 assists in that game).’
      • ‘The Falcons' first miscue of the night is a missed field goal by Feely, but I imagine it won't matter much.’
      • ‘The Twins were victimized by their own pitcher in a play involving baserunning miscues of the Little League variety.’
      • ‘Sure, decent running numbers, but he fumbled twice inside the Seattle 10-yard-line, miscues that were recovered by the Seahawks in both instances.’
      • ‘Bert Campaneris singled to third, with Odom reaching third on Robinson's first miscue.’
      • ‘Quinn, exiled to the minors after an array of defensive miscues and attitude problems, hit a three-run homer last Saturday.’
      • ‘Pena was 1-for - 10 in the first two games of the series, and in the previous night's loss, he made two defensive miscues.’
      • ‘Nosal then redeemed himself for his earlier miscue with a 41-yard catch and run as he sprung loose from his defender along the left sidelines.’
      • ‘The World Series miscues by Mickey Owen and Bill Buckner, on the other hand, present a different case.’
      • ‘Indianapolis led the league in 1914 with a whopping 289 miscues but edged Chicago by one and one-half games.’
      • ‘Pack's game is full throttle, all the time, and until he gets more familiar with his teammates, the miscues will continue.’
      • ‘It took a defensive miscue to get Mexico back on track.’
    2. 1.2 A miscalculated action; a mistake.
      ‘political miscues that led to resignations’
      • ‘There were also penalties, missed kicks and mental miscues.’
      • ‘The inclusion of Brun's poetry and plays was an editorial miscue.’
      • ‘After several miscues with the training plan and being asked to brief the S3 and squadron commander on this new model, I researched an Eight-Step Training Model.’
      • ‘But the level of carelessness and ignorance manifested by the number and importance of miscues in Lincoln's War seriously compromises its integrity and undermines its value.’
      • ‘And will our newsrooms be filled with journalists so afraid of committing an ethical miscue that they fail to engage in aggressive and ethical journalism?’
      • ‘His verbal miscues and malapropisms are the natural consequence of a man struggling with internal contradictions and a lack of self-knowledge.’
      • ‘Allister is now equipped with the tools to combat the evils of relationship miscues and mistakes.’
      • ‘And Wynn has learned from miscues at his other properties.’
      • ‘Either by accident or design, the Post suppresses its official error count with its weekly ‘Free for All’ page, where readers sound off about Post goofs and alleged miscues.’
      • ‘There was none of the awkwardness of fresh acquaintance, no conversational false starts or miscues.’

verb

[with object]
  • (in billiards and other games) fail to strike (the ball or a shot) properly.

    • ‘Too many shots were miscued, too many final balls wasted.’
    • ‘Joiner limited the damage by charging down the conversion bid by Bai, who had earlier marked his nervy debut by completely miscuing a penalty from 30 metres out.’
    • ‘Justin Langer miscued a pull shot off Vaas in the ninth over and lobbed a simple catch to Tillakaratne Dilshan at mid-wicket with the total at 43.’
    • ‘A short time later a cross finds Nedved who miscues a shot when his leg slams into a defender.’
    • ‘In the second half, Paul Merson twice miscued shots and Gary Birch headed wide for Walsall, before, with five minutes left, Wallsall right-back Chris Baird was sent off for a second bookable offence.’
    • ‘Smith similarly could have scored as he was played in by Horne but miscued his shot.’
    • ‘Tarrant's cute reverse pass was seized on by Colin Alcide but he miscued his shot and it bobbled wide.’
    • ‘The midfielder side-stepped the net-minder and passed the ball square to David Downs, but Loftus was there to deny Downs, who miscued his shot.’
    • ‘After Lehmann was bumped aside in an aerial challenge by Savage, Reid miscued a shot that Savage, reacting instinctively, diverted over an open goal.’
    • ‘Ian Bell departed in the same over for six with another edge behind and Michael Vaughan made 24 before he miscued a short ball from Gillespie.’
    • ‘Athy battled on in search of an equaliser and Joe Tynan had a penalty appeal dismissed by Referee Tommy Masterson and Paul Kelly miscued his shot from 10 yards after a fine through ball from Tynan.’
    • ‘Four minutes later, the home side should have been in front with Barry Robson's vicious in-swinging corner setting up Grant Munro but the youngster completely miscued his shot.’
    • ‘Coady badly miscued his second penalty, the ball bobbling harmlessly wide.’
    • ‘Bacup set the pace as Nicky Taylor put a good cross into the box but Paul Thompson miscued his shot and the ball went wide of the angle, before a defender appeared to handle McLellan's drive on the line but appeals for a penalty were turned down.’
    • ‘Make sure the tip is moving downward when it comes into contact with the cueball, or you might scoop the ball and miscue.’
    • ‘The ball had been headed into the Chelsea goalmouth by Shaun Bartlett and Carvalho, normally so astute, turned and miscued the ball, heading it against the base of his own post.’
    • ‘In the next two and a half years, Twissell went on to make 56 appearances as a left winger and famously once miscued a shot against Reading, shattering some of the floodlights.’
    • ‘Taibi made his name against Southampton when Matt Le Tissier miscued a speculative shot so badly that he turned away in disgust.’
    • ‘This time an attempted shot by John Martin was miscued and flew across the penalty area for Griffin to test Devine's sharp reactions.’
    • ‘But the out-of-sorts striker rushed his chance and hopelessly miscued his shot wide of Peter Schmeichel's right-hand post.’

Pronunciation

miscue

/mɪsˈkju//misˈkyo͞o/

Main definitions of miscue in US English:

: miscue1miscue2

miscue2

noun

Linguistics
  • An error in reading, especially one caused by failure to respond correctly to a phonetic or contextual cue in the text.

    • ‘Researchers could also examine students’ reading ability using running records or miscue analysis.’
    • ‘In order to analyze the students' reading miscues and strategies used, the authors relied on miscue analysis.’
    • ‘Diana and Omar were two of the six children whose progress in English and Spanish reading I tracked through monthly miscue analysis.’
    • ‘This, then, distinguishes it from the traditional use of miscue analysis and the Reading Miscue Analysis Inventory that accompanies it.’

verb

[no object]
  • 1(of a performer, especially an actor on stage) miss one's cue, or answer to another's cue.

    1. 1.1with object Give (a performer) the wrong cue.

Pronunciation

miscue

/mɪsˈkju//misˈkyo͞o/