slip on a banana skin

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slip on a banana skin

To make a silly, embarrassing, or avoidable mistake. They were completely dominating the game until the quarterback slipped on a banana peel and threw an interception, which allowed the momentum to shift in the opposing team's favor.
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slip on a banana skin

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slip on a banana peel

BRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON If an important or famous person slips on a banana skin or slips on a banana peel, they say or do something that makes them look stupid and causes them problems. Most of the nation would enjoy seeing mighty Manchester United slip on a banana skin in front of millions. You can be walking across Westminster Bridge full of noble thoughts at one moment and slipping on a banana peel the next. Note: You can also call something that causes someone to look stupid or have problems a banana skin or a banana peel. Insiders watched in horrified fascination as the President lurched from one banana peel to another. Note: Comedies and cartoons traditionally show a character slipping on a banana skin, falling over, and looking foolish.
See also: banana, on, skin, slip

slip on a banana skin

make a silly and embarrassing mistake.
See also: banana, on, skin, slip

slip on a baˈnana skin

(informal) (usually of a public figure) make a stupid mistake: The new minister slipped on a banana skin before he had been in the job a week.
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Whereas everyone could certainly see and react to the potential for a slip on a banana peel someone who is not an expert may not be able to recognize the difference between a legal versus illegal riser at a sidewalk curb.
They say "In this present time of glaring, intrusive, nasty media, it is hard to imagine the proportions of the Queen's achievement in serving 60 years, every one of them as the most prominent and publicised people in the world without one gaffe, one injudicious utterance or slip on a banana peel, literal or metaphoric" - Lord (Conrad) Black pays his tribute from his Florida prison cell.