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faux pas -- (French)
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  • "If I ripped it off now, I’d split all the seams in my dress, my mother would faint, my father would have an apoplectic fit—it’d be quite the faux pas if I went to the ball tonight without my corset.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • After my initial faux pas in the dining room, it didn’t even occur to me that I was a candidate, but one Saturday night in the common room Nina beckoned to me.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • If Carter made a social faux pas or met people he didn’t like, he could just move on! I had to stay put.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • My faux pas was so palpably obvious, so idiotic and unpardonable, that to ignore it would show me to be an even greater fool, if possible, than I was already.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • She tried to make sure no one mentioned unpleasant subjects, but if one of us did commit such a social faux pas she interrupted gently.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Unsure how to act in the company of a divine presence, this living reincarnation of an ancient and illustrious lama, I was terrified of unwittingly giving offense or committing some irredeemable faux pas.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • But who knew he could be so unreasonable over such an innocent faux pas?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I don’t know why I make faux pas.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He left not long after that, to an uneasy silence that made me feel like I had dragged my sleeve through the peach cobbler or committed some other terrible faux pas.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Over this trouble, solitude, danger, heartbreak of the disaster, there blows suddenly home-town familiarity, and even a faux pas about the nickname.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March

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  • Besides, do you have any idea what a high school faux pas that is?
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • "True," I said, hoping to redeem myself from whatever faux pas had drawn that strange look.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Pardon the faux pas.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The room had gone still, everyone watching him with amazed disbelief, as if he were committing some embarrassing social faux pas.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • [11] He also detected Webster in the frequent /faux pas/ of using spellings in his definitions and explanations that conflicted with the spellings he advocated.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Well, refusing would certainly be what Grandmother called a Faux Pas.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The term is faux pas.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • When Johnson commits the faux pas of pronouncing hors d’oeuvres as "whore doves" at one party, he instantly becomes the butt of Washington jokes about his hillbilly ways.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
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