Slang for Cleveland Municipal Stadium, which housed both the Cleveland Browns and the Indians. Known for being drab, cold, and miserable.
When I was a kid my Dad took me to the Mistake on the Lake for an Indians opener. I got frostbite.
by Nosredna2009 February 15, 2009
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slang term used for the city of Cleveland , OH .
We went over to mistake on the lake to hit up the rock and roll hall of fame .
by wfuk97 September 2, 2008
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derogatory term for Cleveland, Ohio; called so due to the fact that Cleveland is on the southern shore of Lake Erie
by Nate June 6, 2003
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The correct name for the city in Ohio often referred to as "Cleveland." Located by Lake Erie, nothing good has ever come from Cleveland and the city ranks just behind Paris Hilton, Jean Shorts, and trusting Judas as one of God's worst mistakes.
"Do you smell that?"
"Oh dont worry about that, Cleveland is the Mistake by the Lake, it always smells like feces."
by Better than all clevelanders September 27, 2007
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the rightfully given nickname to the city of cleveland ohio because the city truly is one of the biggest mistakes in the world. not only has cleveland managed to set a river on fire but they also havent won a sports championship since 1948
im looking on the map for cleveland but its nowhere to be found.

thats because they changed the name to mistake by the lake
by john workowitz October 22, 2007
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refers to Municipal Stadium, former home to the Cleveland Browns and Indians. It's successor, Jacob's field, is sometimes called the "Jake" by the lake.
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