schoolboy error

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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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Waqar said his players were committing schoolboy errors.
I have been dismayed at the schoolboy errors shown by professional players during the 1980s and '90s and indeed during some matches of recent years, yet, throughout it all, I have always had the (often unjustified) belief that WE CAN WIN, if only we stopped the silly errors.
They were just schoolboy errors and it just wasn't good enough on the night.
And Crabtree knows it'll be the Giants who'll be tasting victory again if they finally start to cut out the schoolboy errors which have plagued their game throughout 2015.
Burchill said: "It was a similar stor y in the defeat at Falkirk last week, giving away easy goals early in the game, it's schoolboy errors.
We made some schoolboy errors last week that I wasn't impressed with but with Romonn Nelson struggling with flu plus Lee McLaughlin and Alvaro Pontes out due to injuries, we showed we can still compete and challenge these top teams.
One was when James Hearn on the wing only had to catch the ball and he was over but he spilled it, they picked up and scored at the other end; schoolboy errors.
We have made some schoolboy errors in some of our league games and we've been punished with late goals but we're still a solid team, it's just we're getting punished.
They haven't been good and we've got to work hard to cut out the silly mistakes, which have been schoolboy errors really.
We made a couple of schoolboy errors in that team pursuit final, in terms of length of turn and doing the basics, which cost us a little bit of time," Clancy said.
PROPOSALS for a pounds 3billion coal-fired power station are littered with schoolboy errors, campaigners claimed yesterday.
He said: "We obviously need to eradicate some stupid, schoolboy errors at the back which cost goals.
Sinfield said: "We made schoolboy errors and need to improve.
We were very poor defensively and made schoolboy errors at the back," he said.
If we play football like we know we can and don't make crucial schoolboy errors, I'm confident we can collect all three points.