A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard-to-hit location, but instead ends up in an easy-to-hit place.
From Middle English mistaken, from Old Norse mistaka; equivalent to mis- + take. Cognate with Icelandic mistaka, Swedish missta (before apocope misstaga). Displaced Middle English misnimen and Middle English misfōn from Old English misfōn (and noun misfeng).
The noun, which replaced earlier mistaking, is derived from the verb.
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