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“contretemps” in British English

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contretempsnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒn.trə.tɒ/ us /ˈkɑːn.trə.tɑː/ plural contretemps mainly UK

a small argument or unlucky event, often happening in public and causing social embarrassment:

There was a slight contretemps between Richard and some guy at the bar.
Have you got over your little contretemps with the neighbour yet, or are you still not speaking?

(Definition of “contretemps” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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