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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. 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

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.
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The Clangers, of course, were a group of pink woolly long-nosed creatures who lived on the moon and spoke in a strange series of whistles.
A WHOLE new generation of children is about to meet the Clangers, a new series of which starts on the BBC tomorrow.
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.
Shepherd, hardly the most popular Premiership chairman among his own fans, was well aware that he had dropped a clanger in appointing Souness after the sacking of football's Queen Mother, Sir Bobby Robson.
That wouldn't have cut much ice with his manager David Hodgson, who was far from happy with his skipper's blunders ( just a week after keeper Bert Bossu dropped a clanger at Mansfield.
Their former deputy chairman put his Hush Puppy firmly in his mouth yesterday with a classic Conservative clanger.
There is a Haydock double for Ernie Johnson on Tiny Clanger (Rufus Beasley) and Baggin Time (Tommy Fairhurst).
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.
Clanger Sugar mixes up the teams - Liz Locke is project manager of Synergy and Paloma Vivanco runs Apollo.
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.
Movie fans also reckon Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, has the year's worst clanger.
Even the legendary language mangler Bush didn't drop a clanger like that.