schoolboy error

schoolboy error

A very simple, basic, or fundamental mistake or error. Primarily heard in UK. Thanks to a schoolboy error by their opponents' keeper, the football club will advance to the next round of the tourney. The math textbook had to be reprinted after several schoolboy errors were discovered in some of the equations.
See also: error, schoolboy
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Any true footie fan would have spotted the flaws early doors when Jason (Cristian Solimento) made a schoolboy error in referring to the team manager as "the boss".
It may be because of their youth and lack of experience but it was a problem for the second goal, which I can't really accept because it was a such a bad schoolboy error.
Scunthorpe's opener was a first of the season for Stuart Thom on 22 minutes and six minutes later a schoolboy error made it 2-0.
The schoolboy error came the day after Tony Blair was found to have spelled tomorrow as "toomorrow" three times in a letter of support to the Labour candidate in the Ipswich by-election.
But it was a dreadful schoolboy error by stand-in keeper David Miskelly that had gifted Swansea a surprise 22nd-minute lead.
Jones blasted: ``Their first goal was a schoolboy error from us and we totally switched off.
We've let ourselves down with the second and Titus, who had a brilliant game, made a schoolboy error.
Rovers gaffer Kevin McAllister said: 'I felt we should have held out for the win as we deserved it but it wasa silly schoolboy error that gave them the late penalty.
For some reason, it points to his elbow, which is surely a schoolboy error.
It would be a schoolboy error to lump the big six blindly in your acca, and schoolboy errors are best left to others, like England internationals and schoolboys.
It was a schoolboy error and he will learn from that.
DAVID Cameron would be committing another foolish schoolboy error should he think he can con the public with the "pause" in health reforms.
You won't get any sympathy from me, though - it's a schoolboy error.
The world champ notched a clearance of 25 to edge the match 5-4 on the black - but only after he'd made a schoolboy error in frame eight which allowed McPhillips in to level at 4-4.
The manner in which they got run out is a schoolboy error, it's not that you are playing new players, these players are seasoned and that's not on, to be honest.