put one's foot in one's mouth
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British pronunciation/pˌʊt wˈɒnz fˈʊt ɪn wˈɒnz mˈaʊθ/
American pronunciation/pˌʊt wˈʌnz fˈʊt ɪn wˈʌnz mˈaʊθ/
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to do or say something that leads to someone's embarrassment

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to [put] {one's} foot in {one's} mouth definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "put one's foot in one's mouth" and when to use it?

The idiom "put one's foot in one's mouth" likely stems from the image of someone physically inserting their foot into their own mouth, which is a physically awkward and impossible action. The phrase gained popularity and became established in the English language during the 20th century, reflecting the concept of verbal blunders or social missteps. It is commonly employed in informal settings, such as casual conversations, social gatherings, or everyday interactions. This phrase is often used when someone speaks without thinking, makes a thoughtless comment, or inadvertently offends others.

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They will probably put their foot in their mouth when meeting their partner's parents for the first time due to nervousness.
Her face shows that she is putting her foot in her mouth as she stumbles through a series of awkward apologies.
I put my foot in my mouth yesterday when I accidentally insulted my friend's new haircut.
Tomorrow, he will likely put his foot in his mouth during the presentation if he doesn't carefully choose his words.
She frequently puts her foot in her mouth during team meetings with awkward or inappropriate comments.
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