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faux pas

An embarrassing blunder or breach of proper etiquette, often made in front of other people. Daria didn't realize she had made such a faux pas when she went to use her salad fork to eat the main course.
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a faux pas

an embarrassing mistake made in public I realized I'd made a real faux pas by eating my soup with my dessert spoon.
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References in classic literature ?
Thinking over my plans, as mapped out, I perceived that they did not take in the Furka Pass, the Rhone Glacier, the Finsteraarhorn, the Wetterhorn, etc.
N'est-ce pas, monsieur, qu'il y a un cadeau pour Mademoiselle Eyre dans votre petit coffre?
Here their Indian friends pointed out a chain of woody mountains to the left, running north and south, and covered with snow, over which they would have to pass.
We lack temperament; we don't know how to live; nous ne savons pas vivre, as they say here.
on me, mais vous ne pouvez pas play this savon dodge on me twice.
C' est bien pour un garcon de rein comme cet individu dont vous avez fait un ami, mais pas pour vous, pas pour vous.
Mais dites-leur que ce n'est pas pour les cierges que je leur donne, mais pour qu'ils se regalent de the.
In endeavouring to describe these scenes of violence one is tempted to pas from one simile to another.
His father sold an old cow, a pair of piebald mountain ponies of his own raising, and a cleared plot of fair pas- ture land on the sunny slope of a pine-clad pass to a Jew inn-keeper in order to pay the people of the ship that took men to America to get rich in a short time.
But her flash of happiness was only a flash, and went out again and left her spirit dark; for she said to herself, "He sole me down de river-- he can't feel for a body long; dis'll pass en go.
So he had only hacked that place in order to be doing something -- in order to pass the weary time -- in order to employ his tortured faculties.
I pretended that I disliked the idea that a house belonging to my wife's father and mother should pass into the hands of strangers.
Not a sound reached me while the door remained shut; but in a few seconds it came open again and Rose stood aside to let me pass.
The site of the village is in a perfectly circular valley, about a quarter of a mile in circumference, and entirely surrounded by gentle hills, over whose summit the people have never yet ventured to pass.
He felt so many monstrous vapors pass and discharge themselves in his brain, that it seemed to him that his head had become one of the chimneys of hell.