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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Plus we have to stop making schoolboy errors in our half.
If you look at the three games so far, the goals we've given away were schoolboy errors.
You can't defend the schoolboy errors that we made.
Waqar said his players were committing schoolboy errors.
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.
SCHOOLBOY errors may have been plentiful at Molineux this season but that has not stopped Dean Saunders encouraging his side to play like they did when they were kids.
They haven't been good and we've got to work hard to cut out the silly mistakes, which have been schoolboy errors really.
PROPOSALS for a pounds 3billion coal-fired power station are littered with schoolboy errors, campaigners claimed yesterday.
And the goals we lost were down to schoolboy errors.
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.