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    #1

    an embarrassing situation

    Hi!

    Suppose you meet a friend that you haven't seen for a few months. When you see her, you say immediately "Congratulations, I didn't know you were pregnant!". The problem is that she's not pregnant; she's only got a lot of weight. She is fat.

    Is there a casual expression in English when you say something that you shouldn't and you find yourself in the middle of an embarrassing situation, please?

    Thanks.


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    Re: an embarrassing situation

    There's the idiom put your foot in your mouth.

    You "put your foot in your mouth" when you say something that makes a person feel embarrassed.

    Example: "Last night I was telling a joke, and I really put my foot in my mouth. I had no idea I was talking about Rob's wife.


    Example: "I am so embarrassed. Are you sure he could hear me when I was talking in the next room?" Reply: "Yes. You really put your foot in your mouth."

    Note: The word "foot" is always singular when you say "foot in your mouth".
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    #3

    Re: an embarrassing situation

    In practice, this idiom is abbreviated, and we say :
    "I really put my foot in it."

    So, in the example given in the previous post:
    "Last night I was telling a joke, and I really put my foot in it. I had...."

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