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English definition of “contretemps”

contretemps

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.tɒ/ us    /ˈkɑːn.trə.tɑː/ (plural contretemps)
a small argument or unlucky event, often happening in public and causing social embarrassment: There was a slight contretemps between Richard and some bloke at the bar. Have you got over your little contretemps with the neighbour yet, or are you still not speaking?
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