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Synonyms

fail

noun

informal a mistake or a failure, especially of something that was expected to be good

miscommunication

noun

a failure to communicate clearly or effectively

error

noun

a mistake, for example in a calculation or a decision

blunder

noun

a careless or embarrassing mistake

gaffe

noun

an embarrassing mistake that you make in public, especially one that offends or upsets someone

mistake

noun

something that you have not done correctly, or something you say or think that is not correct

slip

noun

a slight mistake, especially a careless one

mix-up

noun

informal a mistake or problem that happens because someone is confused about details

misapprehension

noun

formal a belief that is not correct

clanger

noun

Britishinformal an embarrassing mistake, especially while you are talking. To drop a clanger means to make an embarrassing mistake like this.

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a backward step

an action that does not bring progress, but makes the situation as bad as it was in the past

a dog’s breakfast/dinner

something that is very untidy or badly done

a slip of the pen

something that you write when you intended to write something else

a slip of the tongue

something that you say when you intended to say something else

balls-up

noun

Britishimpolite a mistake, or a difficult situation caused by mistakes that someone has made

bloomer

noun

Britishinformal old-fashioned a silly or embarrassing mistake

blooper

noun

mainly Americaninformal a silly or embarrassing mistake

boner

noun

Americaninformal old-fashioned a stupid mistake

boob

noun

informalBritish a stupid or embarrassing mistake

boo-boo

noun

informal a mistake, especially an embarrassing one

bungle

noun

a situation that has been dealt with very badly

cock-up

noun

Britishimpolite a bad mistake, or something that has been done very badly

confusion

noun

a situation in which you mistake one person or thing for another

erratum

noun

a mistake in a book that is discovered after it was printed and is then corrected in a list added to the book

error of judgment

a bad decision

fallacy

noun

formal a mistake in an argument or idea that makes it false

false move

noun

a careless mistake that has a bad effect

faux pas

noun

formal something embarrassing that you say or do in a social situation

flaw

noun

a mistake or fault in something that makes it useless or less effective

fluff

noun

informal a small mistake that you make when you are speaking or reading to an audience

foul-up

noun

informal a mistake in a process or system that means it cannot work effectively

Freudian slip

noun

something you say that is not what you intended to say but that might show what you are really thinking

fuck-up

noun

offensive an extremely offensive word for a serious mistake or a complete failure

goof

noun

mainly Americaninformal a silly or stupid mistake

hot mic

noun

a microphone that is left on accidentally so that people hear something someone says that is private or embarrassing

howler

noun

informal a silly and embarrassing mistake

inaccuracy

noun

a statement, detail, or measurement that is not accurate

indiscretion

noun

something you do that shows a lack of judgment

literal

noun

a mistake in a printed word

misconception

noun

a wrong belief or opinion as a result of not understanding something

mishap

noun

a minor mistake or accident

misinterpretation

noun

a wrong way of understanding or explaining something

misprint

noun

a mistake such as a wrong spelling in a book, newspaper etc

misstep

noun

Americanformal a mistake, especially one caused by bad judgment

mistake

noun

something that you say or write in a way that is not correct

mistake

noun

something you do that you later wish you had not done, because it causes a lot of problems

mistaken identity

noun

a situation in which you think a person is someone else

misunderstanding

noun

a failure to understand someone or something correctly

muddle

noun

a mistake caused by a confused situation

overestimate

noun

a judgment about something that considers it to be better than it really is

oversight

noun

something that you do not notice or think of that causes problems later

pratfall

noun

an embarrassing failure or mistake

screw-up

noun

informal a situation in which someone makes a big mistake

slip-up

noun

informal a small mistake

solecism

noun

formal a mistake in the use of language

spoonerism

noun

a mistake in speaking in which someone pronounces some sounds or parts of words in the wrong order and makes a funny change in meaning. For example, someone might sayknow your blowsinstead of ‘blow your nose’.

stuff-up

noun

Australianinformal a bad mistake, or something that has been done very badly

suicide

noun

something that you do that is likely to have very bad results for you

trap

noun

a mistake or problem that you should try to avoid

typo

noun

informal a small mistake in a printed document

underestimate

noun

a wrong idea that something is smaller, less important etc than it really is

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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