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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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I'm old enough to have watched the original Clangers back in the 1970s.
Starlings nested in the roof of the barn where the original Clangers was filmed.
With five contestants left the tent was asked in the signature bake to make four Bedfordshire clangers which are similar to a pasty and were described as a 'forgotten bake' dating back from at least the 19th century.
usually pieces of Clanger rock in my pockets that end up in the washing machine
Pat Frost blamed news the struggling Premiership side has run out of socks - a clanger revealed by the Birmingham Mail - on weather conditions.
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.
And the West Ham star made no attempt to blame the controversial World Cup ball for the embarrassing clanger that will haunt him for the rest of his days.
Shepherd was well aware that he had dropped a clanger in appointing Souness.
And clearly rattled, he dropped another clanger a few minutes later on the halfway line when he gave the ball away to Lee Bradbury, who sent Davies through to round Sam Russell for the second.
Kate literally dropped a clanger by dropping her clanger cake.
Foster dropped another clanger last weekend when he allowed Carlos Tevez to nick the ball and set up Gareth Barry for City's first goal in the Manchester derby.
DAVID Cameron dropped a clanger when he urged constituents to back local business - with a leaflet printed 80 miles away.
SO CUTE: : A Clanger | | Speaking only in whistles - swanee whistles were used for the sound - they ate blue string pudding and green soup supplied by the Soup Dragon.
The claret and blue clanger came to light on Monday when Birmingham City fans viewed on-line details of how to pay for tickets on credit and spotted the terms and conditions.
BACK IN ACTION: Tracey Heywood dresses up as a Clanger to raise funds for Cancer research at a car boot sale to be held at The Pennine Manor Hotel.