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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.
See also: faux, pas

(make/commit) a ˌfaux ˈpas

(from French) an action or a remark that causes embarrassment because it is not socially correct: I immediately made a faux pas when I forgot to take my shoes off before I went into the house.They were kind enough to overlook my faux pas and continued as if nothing had happened.
The meaning of the French expression is ‘wrong step’.
See also: faux, pas
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The top 10 flying faux pas include being rude to crew/ staff, parents failing to discipline their children, someone that crowds your seat and/or hogs the "extra" middle seat, travelers talking loudly on the plane, people blocking the baggage claim area for others, those that recline their seat into your seating area, people that bring stinky food on the plane, travelers that hog the carry-on bin, people that rush off the plane versus waiting for passengers in front to exit and people who block the aisles during a flight.
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Em 2007, editei pela Gallimard os artigos de critica literaria publicados por Blanchot no Journal des debats entre 1941 e 1944 que nao se achavam em Faux Pas: mais de uma centena, portanto.
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FAUX PAS? A NO-NONSENSE GUIDE TO WORDS AND PHRASES FROM OTHER LANGUAGES will reach many casual readers as well as English language library holdings, offering an approachable and even fun set of insights into hundreds of phrases readers may want to use in their writings.
Now I'm grateful for my cultural faux pas with Isabela and for her setting me straight.
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Carlos has built her theme on a foundation of national stereotypes and behavioral cliches, most of which more or less hold until she characterizes Australia as the "only true southern continent"--something of a faux pas in a colonized country anxious to get out from (down) under its peripheral relation to Europe and America.
The first edition of publisher Gregg Ogden and editor Marl See's monthly Celebrate Northwest Arkansas has hit the streets--with a faux pas on the cover.
It's always the other fellows who don't read the land right, or who make the faux pas, or who have some skeleton in their closets, or who don't realize they've lashed themselves to some position that's going to anchor them in the political deep.