One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in sports, especially tennis) a mistake in play that is attributed to one's own failure rather than to the skill or effort of one's opponent.‘she made 88 unforced errors, including a double fault on match point’
- ‘When losing or in a pressure situation, they would commit unforced errors, so I didn't get tired playing them.’
- ‘Both cuemen made countless unforced errors, missed easy pots, and failed to take break-building chances.’
- ‘The game was still close, balancing on a handful of mistimed shots and unforced errors.’
- ‘They both are power players, which usually leads to a lot of unforced errors.’
- ‘At the same time, I think this is what we call in baseball an unforced error.’
- 1.1 A careless or foolish mistake.‘how can he portray himself as a leader-in-waiting when he makes that sort of unforced error?’
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