put your foot in your mouth

This page is about the idiom put your foot in your mouth.

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

For example:

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

  • Every time he speaks he puts his foot in his mouth.

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

Quick Quiz:

I really put my foot in my mouth. I felt

a. my foot

b. so happy

c. so embarrassed

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Contributor: Josef Essberger