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
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