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English definition of “contretemps”

contretemps

noun [C]     /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 ?Arguments and disagreements
(Definition of contretemps noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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