misstep (plural missteps)
- A step that is wrong, a false step.
- On a high ledge, a misstep could be fatal.
- (figuratively) An error or mistake.
- His comment was a misstep that could cost him dearly.
- 2019 May 19, Alex McLevy, “The final Game Of Thrones brings a pensive but simple meditation about stories (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club:
- Plenty of past seasons’ events could look ill-conceived in the critical eye of Monday-morning quarterbacking, but previously, the show had earned the benefit of the doubt that missteps on the part of supposedly intelligent characters were a plausible lack of in-world foresight.
step that is wrong
error or mistake
- (intransitive) To step badly or incorrectly.
- My dance partner misstepped and landed on my toe.
- (intransitive) To make an error or mistake.
- I don't want to misstep by offending them.
to step badly or incorrectly
to make an error or mistake