make a mistake

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make a mistake

To do something incorrectly or erroneously; to make an error of some kind. Look, I made a mistake—I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions and blamed you for what happened. We've all made mistakes, but it's important to own up to them and learn from what happened.
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make a mistake

to commit an error; to do something wrong accidentally. I made a mistake and I am really sorry about it.
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"I have made mistakes," he said, "and of course behaved badly to him."
This woman was, of course, only human, and sometimes made mistakes; when this happened, there was no redress--if on Saturday you got less money than you had earned, you had to make the best of it.
The eleven beds round the sun-dial are filled with roses, but I see already that I have made mistakes with some.
She had observed that my lady made mistakes in her game of whist for the first time in our experience of her.
"The greatest lawyers are mortal men; the greatest lawyers have made mistakes before now.
The Shaggy Man was greatly surprised and grieved, but he knew that Ozma never made mistakes and so Ojo must really have broken the Law of Oz.
In fact, I cannot have been in possession of all my faculties, for I can remember the croupiers correcting my play more than once, owing to my having made mistakes of the gravest order.
The principal qualities in Stepan Arkadyevitch which had gained him this universal respect in the service consisted, in the first place, of his extreme indulgence for others, founded on a consciousness of his own shortcomings; secondly, of his perfect liberalism--not the liberalism he read of in the papers, but the liberalism that was in his blood, in virtue of which he treated all men perfectly equally and exactly the same, whatever their fortune or calling might be; and thirdly--the most important point--his complete indifference to the business in which he was engaged, in consequence of which he was never carried away, and never made mistakes.
Sapsea pointed it out as if he himself had invented and built it: there were a few details indeed of which he did not approve, but those he glossed over, as if the workmen had made mistakes in his absence.
&c., were to be repeated over to him, till he chose to say he knew them, and then he was to be helped to say them; if he made mistakes in his little easy sums in arithmetic, they were to be shown him at once, and the sum done for him, instead of his being left to exercise his faculties in finding them out himself; so that, of course, he took no pains to avoid mistakes, but frequently set down his figures at random, without any calculation at all.
Bagnet occasionally imparts a wink, or a shake of the head, or a crooked face, as they made mistakes.
Have I made mistake? I thought it was the same word in both languages; but I am glad to see you smile, Senhor Cole; that is good sign.
I think that's another commonality between the two Presidents, they've made mistakes in names,' he said.
In an impassioned response to criticism from a section of fans, the 56-year-old accepts he has made mistakes this season but insisted he would not 'throw the towel in'.
"I've made mistakes over the last 10 years, but that wasn't the story then."