faux pas


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faux pas

 (fō pä′)
n. pl. faux pas (fō päz′)
A social blunder.

[French : faux, false + pas, step.]

faux pas

(ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː; French fo pɑ)
n, pl faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz; French fo pɑ)
a social blunder or indiscretion
[C17: from French: false step]

faux pas

(foʊ ˈpɑ)

n., pl. faux pas (foʊ ˈpɑz)
a blunder; esp., an embarrassing social error.
[1670–80; < French: literally, false step]

faux pas

A French phrase meaning a false step, used to mean any mistake or blunder.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.faux pas - a socially awkward or tactless actfaux pas - a socially awkward or tactless act  
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake

faux pas

noun gaffe, blunder, indiscretion, impropriety, bloomer (Brit. informal), boob (Brit. slang), clanger (informal), solecism, breach of etiquette, gaucherie He made an embarrassing faux pas.
Translations

faux pas

[ˈfəʊˈpɑː] Nmetedura f or (LAm) metida f de pata

faux pas

nFauxpas m

faux pas

[fəʊˈpɑː] ngaffe f inv
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