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Idioms

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