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(figuratively) An error or mistake.
From mis- +"Ž step.
With one misstep he knew she would run like a frightened deer.
However, this turned out to be a big misstep.
One misstep doesn't mean you have to continue in that direction.
Even the smallest misstep could result in big trouble.
But if you approach him, make no misstep, lest he rob you of your life.
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