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faux pas

noun [C] uk   /ˌfəʊˈpɑː/ us    /ˌfoʊ-/ (plural faux pas)
words or behaviour that are a social mistake or not polite: I made some remark about his wife's family then realized I'd made a serious faux pas.
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