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faux pas

[ foh pah ]
/ foʊ ˈpɑ /
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noun, plural faux pas [foh pahz; French foh pah]. /foʊ ˈpɑz; French foʊ ˈpɑ/.
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
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Origin of faux pas

First recorded in 1670–80; from French: literally, “false step”

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British Dictionary definitions for faux pas

faux pas
/ (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː, French fo pɑ) /

noun plural faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz, French fo pɑ)
a social blunder or indiscretion

Word Origin for faux pas

C17: from French: false step
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