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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.
See also: clanger, drop

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 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.
See also: brick, clanger, drop
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When one of Kate's pastries fell, she prompted laughs at home saying: "I've dropped a clanger.
Kate literally dropped a clanger by dropping her clanger cake.
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.
DAVID Cameron dropped a clanger when he urged constituents to back local business - with a leaflet printed 80 miles away.
DIPPY PARIS HILTON dropped a clanger when she confused BOYZONE singer RONAN KEATING's Irish accent for an English one.
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.
Charlotte Church dropped a clanger by revealing boyfriend Gavin Henson's musical choice included Boyzone and Kylie and Jason - and Prince Harry and even The Queen are known to have become hooked.
A whopping 82 per cent of callers thought Hansen dropped a clanger in omitting the Cardiff Blues star from his back row in favour of Dafydd Jones, Colin Charvis and Jonathan Thomas.
You would probably have pitched it at around 13-16 minutes, but it was a good half-hour before the has-been dropped a clanger.
Marriner dropped a clanger by sending-off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs instead of former Saint Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and after issuing an apology, has not been reprimanded.
At one point his young linesman dropped a clanger by flagging for a throw-in when the ball had not crossed the line.
The writing has been on the wall for Essex official D'Urso since September, when he dropped a clanger at Southampton.
The News of the World dropped a clanger yesterday in its football supplement.