drop a clanger

drop a clanger

make an embarrassing or foolish mistake - British informal Dropping something that makes a loud clang attracts attention. This mid 20th-century expression is used especially in the context of a very embarrrassing or tactless act or remark made in a social situation.

1998 - Spectator - Yet he never escaped from his own nagging suspicion that he had somehow overachieved and that he was likely to drop a huge clanger at any moment.

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