misstep (plural missteps)

  1. A step that is wrong, a false step.
    On a high ledge, a misstep could be fatal.
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 8, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219 ↗:
      […] burdened as he was, he did not think of length or height or toil. He remembered only to avoid a misstep and to keep his direction.
  2. (figurative) An error or mistake.
    His comment was a misstep that could cost him dearly.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: faux pas
  • German: Fehltritt
  • Portuguese: passo em falso
  • Russian: оступи́ться
  • Spanish: paso en falso
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misstep (missteps, present participle misstepping; past and past participle misstepped)

  1. (intransitive) To step badly or incorrectly.
    My dance partner misstepped and landed on my toe.
  2. (intransitive) To make an error or mistake.
    I don't want to misstep by offending them.
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