foot-in-mouth disease

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



Humorous conflation of foot-and-mouth disease and put one's foot in one's mouth.


foot-in-mouth disease (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, humorous) A tendency to make remarks that are embarrassingly wrong or inappropriate.
    • 2000, Marvin Rubinstein,
      They attempt to straddle all issues and, consequently, when a slip occurs, the result is foot-in-mouth disease.
    • 2004, Craig Jutila, 2-Minute Encouragers for Teachers, page 48:
      Maybe you suffer from foot-in-mouth disease, too, at least occasionally. If so, then I expect you've also learned about the remedy.