clanger


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clang·er

 (klăng′ər)
n. Chiefly British
A blunder; a faux pas.

clanger

(ˈklæŋə)
n
1. informal a conspicuous mistake (esp in the phrase drop a clanger)
2. something that clangs or causes a clang
[C20: from clang, referring to a mistake whose effects seem to clang]

clang•er

(ˈklæŋ ər)

n.
1. a person or thing that clangs.
2. Brit. Slang. a blunder; faux pas.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clanger - a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate; "he dropped a clanger"
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Translations

clanger

[ˈklæŋəʳ] N (Brit) → plancha f (Sp) , metedura f or (LAm) metida f de pata
to drop a clangermeter la pata, tirarse una plancha (Sp)

clanger

[ˈklæŋər] n (British) to drop a clanger → faire une boulette

clanger

n (Brit inf) → Fauxpas m, → Schnitzer m (inf); to drop a clangerins Fettnäpfchen treten (inf)

clanger

[ˈklæŋəʳ] n (Brit) (fam) → gaffe f inv
to drop a clanger → fare una gaffe
References in periodicals archive ?
BREXIT Secretary David Davis has dropped another clanger by confessing he is aiming for an EU trade deal based on Europe's agreement with Canada.
I accept our Kate (she's from Knowsley, so she's "our Kate") literally dropped a clanger (a "Bedfordshire Clanger"), but she also created the "Liver Building Turret" Savoy Cake - and that, alone, meant she was worthy of a place in the semis.
I was a bit surprised when years later a relative gave one of the toddlers a pink, stuffed Clanger that made the trademark noise when you pressed it.
A different whistle is used for the voice of each Clanger.
Decades later, Mother, Major, Tiny, Small and Granny Clanger return to their little blue planet to delight a new generation with their animated antics.
Olympics minister Jeremy Hunt was left mightily embarrassed when he dropped a major clanger and the bell he was ringing broke off and flew into the crowd.
Sarah Brown: Cromwell clanger In an extract printed in the Daily Mail, she wrote: "There is a collective gasp, and I suddenly realise that this might not have been the most diplomatically sensitive gesture - showing the face of the signatory of King Charles I's death warrant to a member of the Royal Family.
BD Unacceptable clanger I know I am not the first, but Clare Balding's clanger in front of millions was unacceptable.
BIGGEST CLANGER Kate drops her clanger cake BIGGEST clanger When Kate dropped a cake called the Clanger It wasn't quite bingate but Kate almost had to throw one of her bakes away which surely would have seen her get kicked out of the competition.
Instead of enjoying the adventures of the furry Clanger clan Granny Clanger, Baby Clanger and Small Clanger, I had to make do with a load of old Etonians playing Major Clanger.
I'd normally feel sorry for someone who made such a clanger on worldwide TV, but I just can't warm to Christina - and I got guilty pleasure out of hearing Simon Cowell describe her rendition as sounding like "100,000 people in a stadium had just sat on a cat".
And there is always the possibility of a clanger from Tomas Repka, who inexplicably barged over Heidar Helguson in the penalty box in last Sunday's win at Watford - a similar error of judgement today could be catastrophic.