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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Summary: US president's schoolboy error was met with shock and amusement
And the 26-year-old admits he has already made a schoolboy error after jetting back from the States.
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John Terry and Cesc Fabregas watched from the stands as Chelsea opened the scoring from a real schoolboy error.
But Collison made a schoolboy error by posting the reg number as eager Tweeters quickly ran it through the Government's tax checker site to check he hadn't been driving it illegally.
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.
Boundary Sports were the other major benefactors with Steve Clevett committing the schoolboy error of forgetting his kit.
But midfield legend Beckham is brought down from behind by a schoolboy error.
Take the Maesdu Road Bridge project, which went pounds 2 million over budget thanks to a schoolboy error.
It was a schoolboy error, but he gets you out of trouble" All's well that ends well for Ruby Walsh as his World Hurdle hero makes it an unprecedented three in a row ''I just wish in the last furlong I could have got hold of him and hit him, but I didn't have the bottle because I would have thrown myself off" Rodger Sargent, who rode Nemo Spirit in the charity Flat race, wearing his spectacles.
To be very honest it is a huge problem, the manner in which they got run out is a schoolboy error.
Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally was the latest to find himself pulled up for the 'textbook' schoolboy error of describing Burnley's home victory over Southampton at the weekend as "a damp squid".
Then all of a sudden another schoolboy error at the back as Dawson got dispossessed by Simeon Jackson.
And yet, in the end, it may have been a schoolboy error which did for him.
Prescott made the schoolboy error in the regional assembly referendum of forgetting that the voting was postal.