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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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Who startled the Clangers? Starlings nested in the roof of the barn where the original Clangers was filmed.
Through the 1950s into the 1980s, programmes like Noggin The Nog, Ivor The Engine, The Clangers and Bagpuss were at the heart of the BBC's mission to provide inspiring content for its young audiences."
"With Ivan Owen he created the cheeky fox Basil Brush, and with his long-time business partner, Oliver Postgate, working as Smallfilms, he devised, created, painted, drew and built the marvellous and diverse worlds of Bagpuss, Clangers, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog and Pogles Wood.
I accept our Kate (she's from Knowsley, so she's "our Kate") literally dropped a clanger (a "Bedfordshire Clanger"), but she also created the "Liver Building Turret" Savoy Cake - and that, alone, meant she was worthy of a place in the semis.
I'm old enough to have watched the original Clangers back in the 1970s.
I HEARD the BBC were repeating the classic 1970s stop-motion animated children's TV series The Clangers. But when I tuned in, all I got was the Tory party conference.
Didn't we all think the Clangers were boring beyond belief?
THE news that The Clangers are set to return to our TV screens in a PS5m remake conjures up memories of a golden age of kids' television for a whole generation brought up in the 1970s and 80s.
The ice-cream producers are selling pin badges of the popular mouse-like creatures The Clangers to support the Yorkshire charity.
I know he dropped a clanger against Manchester United that led to a goal, but all keepers, even the greatest of them, drop clangers and make total mess-ups now and again.
Whatever happened to Pinky and Perky, the Flowerpot Men, The Clangers and Captain Pugwash?
Vin Shanley, from Bideford Gardens in Whitley Bay, has collected these and many more mistakes by schoolchildren for his book More Classic Classroom Clangers.
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.