drop a clanger

clanger

[klang-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that clangs.
Idioms
2.
British Slang.
a.
a blunder; faux pas.
b.
drop a clanger, to blunder.

Origin:
1945–50; clang + -er

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clanger (ˈklæŋə)
 
n
1.  informal a conspicuous mistake (esp in the phrase drop a clanger)
2.  something that clangs or causes a clang
 
[C20: from clang, referring to a mistake whose effects seem to clang]

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