drop a clanger

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.
See also: brick, drop

drop a clanger

To accidentally do something embarrassing. I really dropped a clanger when I asked Julia about her surprise party—which hadn't happened yet.
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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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The company appeared to drop a clanger by revealing a June launch date for the Nokia Lumia 900 online before quickly removing the web page.
The pair caused controversy after agreeing female officials "don't know the offside rule" and predicting lineswoman Sian Massey would drop a clanger during Wolves's home game against Liverpool on Saturday.
Even the legendary language mangler Bush didn't drop a clanger like that.
Dr Cox decides to drop a clanger when he tells the residents that it is inevitable the staff will end up killing a patient or two - albeit by accident.
ALEC STEWART watched his heir-apparent James Foster drop a clanger and told him: "You expect to catch those.