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gaffe

a social blunder; faux pas: His sudden outburst of anger was an unfortunate gaffe.
Not to be confused with:
gaff – a metal hook fastened to a pole; to cheat; fleece; harsh treatment or criticism: All the gaff he had to take made him even more reclusive.
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gaffe

 (găf)
n.
1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: "The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste" (Mary McCarthy).
2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.

[French, from Old French, hook; see gaff1.]
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gaffe

(ɡæf)
n
a social blunder, esp a tactless remark
[C19: from French]
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gaffe

(gæf)

n.
a social blunder; faux pas.
[1905–10; < French: blunder, probably figurative use of gaffe gaff1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gaffe - a socially awkward or tactless actgaffe - a socially awkward or tactless act  
blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
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gaffe

noun blunder, mistake, error, indiscretion, lapse, boob (Brit. slang), slip-up (informal), slip, howler, bloomer (informal), clanger (informal), faux pas, boo-boo (informal), solecism, gaucherie He made an embarrassing gaffe at the convention last weekend.
Quotations
"A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth" [Michael Kinsley]
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Translations
خَطَأ فاضِح
гафгрешка
botachybašlápnutí vedle
bommertbrøler
möhläysmokamunaus
háttleysa, klaufaskapur
išsišokimasneapdairumas
kļūmenepiedienīga izturēšanās
çam devirmegaf

gaffe

[gæf] Nplancha f (Sp), metedura f or (LAm) metida f de pata
to make a gaffemeter la pata, tirarse una plancha (Sp)
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gaffe

[ˈgæf] n
(= mistake) → impair m
to commit a gaffe → commettre un impair
to make a gaffe → commettre un impair
to blow the gaffe (British)vendre la mèche
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

gaffe

nFauxpas m; (verbal) → taktlose Bemerkung; to make a gaffeeinen Fauxpas begehen; (by saying sth) → ins Fettnäpfchen treten (inf)
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gaffe

[gæf] ngaffe f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

gaffe

(gӕf) noun
something which ought not to have been said, done etc, a blunder.
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Of course until now, the gaffes have all emerged from the motor-mouth of Trump.
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The gaffe was all the more sensitive because of the threat of disruption to proceedings by his opponents, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
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But the issues do seem already to trail distantly behind the coverage given to personalities, to "spin" and to so-called "gaffes".
But he'll be best remembered for these gaffes or gasp-worthy moments that left him with some explaining to do.
The HBO satirical news program the Last Week Tonight With John Oliver also run a spool of his gaffes from the time he mocked the housewives of Australia to admitting being threatened by homosexuality.
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