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faux pas
(French)


"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
  a socially awkward or tactless act
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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
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Associated words [difficulty]:   faux pas [7] , chateau [4] , in lieu [4] , déjà vu [5] , détente [8] , laissez-faire [8] , vis-à-vis [8] , tour de force [9]
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