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put one's foot in it



put one's foot in it

  1. (figuratively, idiomatic) To make a mistake in public, or a social blunder, that is embarrassing or offensive. Older form of put one's foot in one's mouth, nowadays usually put your foot in your mouth.
    • 1968, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, 00:20:20:
      "It's time i was getting dressed for a party." -- "Whose party?" -- "Mary's. (awkward silence). Oh, I guess I put my foot in it. I just took it for granted you'd be there." -- "She didn't ask me." -- "I could just bite my tongue".