One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Say or do something tactless or embarrassing; commit a blunder or indiscretion.
make a mistake, be mistaken, err, be in error, misjudge, miscalculate, bungle, trip up, be wrong, get something wrong, be wide of the markView synonyms
- ‘He was constantly in fear of putting his foot in his mouth, of exposing his lack of learning.’
- ‘Speaking of sports ministers, it seems they all have a knack for putting their foot in it.’
- ‘Although I did, for the most part, manage to avoid putting my foot in my mouth over the weekend I am guilty of committing one little faux pas.’
- ‘I know I for one love comments but am always reticent to say too much on other folks' blogs for fear of putting my foot in my mouth.’
- ‘It's a pity he didn't do his homework before putting his foot in his mouth with his announcement.’
- ‘One of his many problems is that he constantly puts his foot in it!’
- ‘These terms might not exactly trip off the tongue, but they could stop you putting your foot in it.’
- ‘We had one conversation about putting your foot in it.’
- ‘And even while he's praising things, the author seems to be putting his foot in his mouth.’
- ‘But every time you feel you might just have some sympathy for Archer he puts his foot in it again.’
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