False move

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British pronunciation/fˈɒls mˈuːv/
American pronunciation/fˈɑːls mˈuːv/
False move
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a reckless action that may result in serious consequences or failure

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false [move] definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "false move" and when to use it?

The idiom "false move" originated from the game of chess, where a "false move" refers to a move that puts a player's pieces in danger or fails to advance their position. It can be used to describe a wide range of situations, such as in business, sports, or personal life, where a single misstep or miscalculation can have negative consequences.

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