put (one's) foot in it

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put (one's) foot in it

To unintentionally say something foolish, tactless, or offensive. Oh man, did I ever put my foot in it—I just congratulated Sarah's sister on being pregnant. She isn't. He just tends to put his foot in it when he's forced to speak for too long, so try to get him off stage as soon as possible.
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you put your foot in it

A compliment about the food that someone else has prepared. Primarily heard in US. Wow, this is delicious—you put your foot in it!
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put one's foot in it

Make a blunder, as in I didn't know it was a surprise party; I guess I put my foot in it. This expression presumably alludes to setting one's foot down in mud or excrement. [Late 1700s] Also see foot in one's mouth.
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put your foot in it

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

put your foot in your mouth

AMERICAN
COMMON If you put your foot in it, you say something which embarrasses or offends the person you are with, and embarrasses you as a result. I put my foot in it straight away, referring to folk music. Tom sat forward and glared. `It's not folk music, man. It's heritage music.' To the majority of voters, he is a lightweight, forever putting his foot in his mouth.
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put your foot in it (or put your foot in your mouth)

say or do something tactless or embarrassing; commit a blunder or indiscretion. informal
1992 Deirdre Madden Remembering Light & Stone As the evening went on, and people made a point of not talking to me, I realized that I'd put my foot in it.
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put your ˈfoot in it

(British English) (also put your foot in your ˈmouth American English, British English ) (informal) say or do something that upsets, offends or embarrasses somebody without intending to: He really put his foot in it when he mentioned the party to her. She hadn’t been invited.
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put one's foot in it/one's mouth, to

To make a (verbal) blunder. This term dates from the early eighteenth century and presumably was analogous to stepping where one should not. Jonathan Swift used it in Polite Conversation (1738), “The bishop has put his foot in it,” and a century later the term was defined in a book on slang (1823). Putting one’s foot in one’s mouth is of more recent provenance; it merited a definition in P. W. Joyce’s English As We Speak It (1910): “To a person who habitually uses unfortunate blundering expressions: ‘You never open your mouth but you put your foot in it.’” Today it is sometimes referred to as foot-in-mouth disease.
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