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drop a brick

1. To unintentionally say or do something embarrassing, tactless, or indiscreet; to commit some social faux pas or mistake. Primarily heard in UK. I dropped a brick on our first date by ordering veal, only realizing later that he's a staunch animal rights advocate.
2. To announce a particularly surprising, alarming, or upsetting piece of news. An alternative form of "drop a bombshell." Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Mary dropped a brick when she told me she was moving to France next week. I'm about to drop a brick on my parents by telling them that I'm going to quit law school and pursue a career in art.
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drop a clanger

To accidentally do something embarrassing. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I really dropped a clanger when I asked Julia about her surprise party—which hadn't happened yet.
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drop a brick

Also, drop a clanger. Say something indiscreet, commit a social gaffe. For example, John dropped a brick when he called her by his ex-wife's name. [Slang; 1920s]
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drop a brick

BRITISH
If you drop a brick, you say something which upsets or offends other people. After his comments on the live TV programme, Mr Freeman was immediately aware that he had dropped a political brick of the worst kind.
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drop a clanger

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you drop a clanger, you make a very embarrassing mistake. Conservatives in Eastleigh dropped a clanger in their election leaflet by admitting that few people will be voting for them tomorrow. The presenter dropped a clanger on this morning's show by referring to the singer's long-haired son as a girl. Note: This expression probably comes from comparing an obvious and embarrassing mistake with the clang or loud ringing noise made when a heavy metal object is dropped.
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drop a brick

make an indiscreet or embarrassing remark. British informal
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drop a clanger

make an embarrassing or foolish mistake. British informal
Dropping something that makes a loud clang attracts attention; this mid 20th-century expression is used especially in the context of a very embarrrassing or tactless act or remark made in a social situation.
1998 Spectator Yet he never escaped from his own nagging suspicion that he had somehow overachieved…and that he was likely to drop a huge clanger at any moment.
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drop a ˈbrick/ˈclanger

(British English, informal) say or do something that offends or embarrasses somebody, although you did not intend to: I dropped a real clanger when I mentioned the party. He hadn’t been invited.
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drop a brick

and drop a bomb(shell)
tv. to reveal startling information. Britney came in and dropped a brick that scared us all. She dropped a bombshell when she told us she was married again.
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drop a brick

Informal
To make a clumsy social error.
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A different whistle is used for the voice of each Clanger.
Marketing director Nigel Parrott said: "Our core target market recalls The Clangers from childhood and the shows are being televised once again.
Jamie said he had been passionate about stop-frame animation since he was a child, so although he is too young to have watched The Clangers when it was first screened, he was a fan.
When you watch the original Clangers you have to make allowances for the limitations of the animation techniques when it was made.
Clair Chadwick, head of marketing and fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: "We're looking for additional organisations to help us revive the Clangers and introduce the characters to a new generation here in Yorkshire.
Movie fans also reckon Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, has the year's worst clanger.
Vin Shanley, from Bideford Gardens in Whitley Bay, has collected these and many more mistakes by schoolchildren for his book More Classic Classroom Clangers.
With the help of the Soup Dragon, New Covent Garden have developed The Clangers soup in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.
Director of Coventry and Warwickshire Setpoint Chris Finch said: "The exhibition provides students with the opportunity to experience hands- on activities involving ear clangers, bucket radio, model ears, stereo hearing and artificial vocal chords.
THE suave and sophisticated scribblers at style bible GQ aren't renowned for dropping clangers.
And for those just growing up during the decade, there was the Clangers, Bagpuss and Scalextric.
A WHOLE new generation of children is about to meet the Clangers, a new series of which starts on the BBC tomorrow.
HERE'S an idea that would have sent the Clangers ballistic The US planned to build a secret PS5billion base on the moon to launch nuclear missiles from and spy on its Cold War enemies.
Clangers centered on a family of mice-like creatures who lived in outer space, spoke only in whistles and lived off green soup provided by the Soup Dragon.
RETAILERS in Huddersfield are being urged to find room on their shelves for children's characters The Clangers.