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faux pas

[foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑ/
noun, plural faux pas
[foh pahz; French foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑz; French foʊ ˈpɑ/ (Show IPA)
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
Origin of faux pas
1670-80; < French: literally, false step
error; impropriety. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And had I committed a faux pas in refusing to deliver up the little bag?

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Your Grace saved me a faux pas there, for Montaiglon is not what I fancied at all.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • The truth is, I executed rather a faux pas over there at Asquith.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • They made one faux pas, and it is upon that we may—if we are careful—get the better of them.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • Even supposing that her brother has committed some faux pas?

    Of High Descent George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for faux pas

faux pas

/ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː; French fo pɑ/
noun (pl) faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz; French) (fo pɑ)
a social blunder or indiscretion
Word Origin
C17: from French: false step
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Word Origin and History for faux pas

1670s, French, literally "false step."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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