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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References in classic literature ?
True, we say that the physician or arithmetician or grammarian has made a mistake, but this is only a way of speaking; for the fact is that neither the grammarian nor any other person of skill ever makes a mistake in so far as he is what his name implies; they none of them err unless their skill fails them, and then they cease to be skilled artists.
To offer me a doctor as my judge and then to weight the decision with a bribe of a large sum of money and a virtual guarantee that if he makes a mistake it can never be proved against him, is to go wildly beyond the ascertained strain which human nature will bear.