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boo-booalso boo·boo (bo͞o′bo͞o)
n. pl. boo-boos also boo·boos Informal
1. A slight physical injury, such as a scratch.
2. A stupid mistake; a blunder.
[Perhaps alteration of boohoo, to weep noisily.]
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n, pl -boos
informal an embarrassing mistake; blunder
[C20: perhaps from nursery talk; compare boohoo]
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n., pl. -boos. Slang.
1. a stupid mistake; blunder.
2. a minor injury.
[1950–55, Amer.; baby talk]
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|Noun||1.||boo-boo - an embarrassing mistake |
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
bobble - the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball; "the second baseman made a bobble but still had time to throw the runner out"
snafu - an acronym often used by soldiers in World War II: situation normal all fucked up
spectacle - a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
bull - a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment"
fluff - a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
howler - a glaring blunder
clanger - a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate; "he dropped a clanger"
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n (inf) → Schnitzer m (inf)
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