put your foot in it

Meaning: If you put your foot in it you say or do the wrong thing and usually make matters worse.

For example:

  • I really put my foot in it when I asked her how her husband was. I forgot that he died last year.

  • Every time she opens her mouth she puts her foot in it.

Note: This idiom is sometimes expressed as "put one's foot in one's mouth".

Quick Quiz:

I really put my foot in it. I felt

a. so happy

b. terrible

c. it was right

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Contributor: Josef Essberger