Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports & Games A mistaken or unskillful play.
  • transitive v. To make a misplay of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To play incorrectly or poorly.
  • n. A wrong play.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wrong play.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. play incorrectly, e.g., play a wrong note
  • n. (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
  • v. play wrong or in an unskillful manner

Etymologies

From mis- +‎ play. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And while his misplay was a visible problem again, the Mets squandered this game long before the line drive sailed past him.

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  • But the shortstop suggested the misplay was a symptom of a broader illness afflicting the Mets on and off the field.

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  • It was too good an opportunity to get a hold over the boy for Agno to misplay it.

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  • Pujols, whose misplay in the ninth inning cost his team the game, left the stadium minutes after the final out and before his clubhouse opened to the media.

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  • Beware of the two-par third hole: A misplay of the plateau lay can easily kill a round.

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  • Did she lose her head or courage, or misplay her muscular part for a moment, she could be hurled a hundred feet by that giant buffet and left wrenched, helpless, and breathless to be pulped on the coral bottom and sucked out by the undertow to be battened on by the fish-sharks too cowardly to take their human meat alive.

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  • Then it was Stekelenburg's turn, holding his ground after a misplay in front of the net gave the ever-potent Villa an open shot.

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  • "Probably their only strategic misplay on Long Island was coming into the project with a density that was significantly higher that what was zoned," said

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  • The Port Elizabeth Sundowns won 1-0, their goal coming on a misplay by the goalkeeper, mirroring the gaffe by England's Robert Green against the U.S. the night before, and causing the Red City coach to throw his hands in the air.

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  • "That's what she said when she apologized for her 'misplay,'" Cy muttered.

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