mistake meaning, mistake definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( mistakes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( mistaking    present participle)   ( mistook    past tense)   ( mistaken    past participle  )
1       n-count   If you make a mistake, you do something which you did not intend to do, or which produces a result that you do not want.  
oft N of -ing, also by N  
They made the big mistake of thinking they could seize its border with a relatively small force..., I think it's a serious mistake to confuse books with life..., There must be some mistake..., He has been arrested by mistake.     
2       n-count   A mistake is something or part of something which is incorrect or not right.   (=error)  
Her mother sighed and rubbed out another mistake in the crossword puzzle., ...spelling mistakes.     
3       verb   If you mistake one person or thing for another, you wrongly think that they are the other person or thing.  
I mistook you for Carlos...      V n for n  
4       verb   If you mistake something, you fail to recognize or understand it.   (=misjudge)  
The government completely mistook the feeling of the country...      V n  
No one should mistake how serious the issue is.      V wh  
5    You can say there is no mistaking something when you are emphasizing that you cannot fail to recognize or understand it.  
there's no mistaking      phrase   V inflects, PHR n     (emphasis)    There's no mistaking the eastern flavour of the food...     
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1    bloomer     (Brit. informal)   blunder, boob     (Brit. slang)   boo-boo     (informal)   clanger     (informal)   erratum, error, error of judgment, false move, fault, faux pas, gaffe, goof     (informal)   howler     (informal)   inaccuracy, miscalculation, misconception, misstep, misunderstanding, oversight, slip, slip-up     (informal)   solecism  
2    get wrong, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misjudge, misread, misunderstand  
3    accept as, confound, confuse with, misinterpret as, mix up with, take for  
4    be wide of or be off the mark, be wrong, blunder, boob     (Brit. slang)   drop a clanger     (informal)   err, goof     (informal)   miscalculate, misjudge, put one's foot in it     (informal)   slip up     (informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

make no mistake about it exp.
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...

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expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has
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