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foot-in-mouth disease

noun, Informal: Facetious.
the habit of making inappropriate, insensitive, or imprudent statements.
Origin of foot-in-mouth disease
1965-70; pun on foot-and-mouth disease, with allusion to foot-in-mouth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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foot-in-mouth disease

noun phrase

The uttering of embarrassing, stupid, or indiscreet speech: Pat Robertson, who regularly displays symptoms of foot-in-mouth disease

[1960s+; blend of the veterinary term hoof-andmouth disease and the idiom put one's foot in one's mouth; put one's foot in it, ''blunder foolishly,'' is found by 1858]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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