pull a boner

Make a blunder, as in I pulled an awful boner when I mentioned his ex-wife. This expression is derived from the noun bonehead, for “blockhead” or “stupid person.” [Slang; early 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. pulitzer, joseph,
  2. pulj,
  3. pulk,
  4. pulka,
  5. pull,
  6. pull a fast one,
  7. pull about,
  8. pull away,
  9. pull back,
  10. pull down

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