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faux pas


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n faux pas a socially awkward or tactless act
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • faux pas fō` pȧ" A false step; a mistake or wrong measure;
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See False, and Pas


In literature:

I don't know why I make faux pas.
"This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
By the merest accident I have already committed a hideous faux pas.
"Peter Ruff and the Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Un faux pas, at the start?
"The Silent Bullet" by Arthur B. Reeve
He had made a frightful faux pas!
"Trent's Trust and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
She must have made a faux pas.
"Missy" by Dana Gatlin
The truth is, I executed rather a faux pas over there at Asquith.
"The Celebrity, Complete" by Winston Churchill
I was sent out from Cabul by him as private messenger just before that cruel massacre, a faux pas, which I vainly predicted.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
A sledging cook will often make a disagreeable faux pas by extinguishing the primus in the preparation of hoosh.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
As if I were the only member of the Unholy Six with a capacity to make faux pas!
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
Death was a faux pas.
"Gargoyles" by Ben Hecht
If I am not mistaken, your grandfather was Col. Lapsus Linguae of Faux Pas.
"Through the Outlooking Glass" by Simeon Strunsky
We shall find preventives for such an awkward faux pas.
"The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin" by Emilia Pardo Bazán

In news:

Take a look back at some of the most notable faux pas .
An Occupy Sandy photo faux pas .
Autumn Elegance faux pas .
Victoria's Secret apologizes for headdress faux pas .
Designer helps 'his ladies' avoid fashion faux pas .
Fortune's faux pas on 'Most Powerful' ranking.
The NFL's 300-pounders and their fashion faux pas .
Olympic fashion faux pas .
Team USA's fashion faux pas, Jamaica's Olympic uniforms win gold.
Miranda Lambert Sympathetic to Eric Church's Rolling Stone Interview Faux Pas .
Twitter both a gold mine for teen insights and a land mine of potential faux pas .
Hair Faux Pas too Commonly Committed.
A political T-shirt faux pas .
Foursquare ' Faux Pas ' to Avoid.
Oscar Fashion Faux Pas of the Past.

In science:

Five methodology errors in educational research: the pantheon of statistical significance and other faux pas.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort