foot-in-mouth disease

A tendency to make remarks that are embarrassingly wrong or inappropriate.

They attempt to straddle all issues and, consequently, when a slip occurs, the result is foot-in-mouth disease.


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  • foot-and-mouth disease — /foot n mowth /, Vet. Pathol. an acute, contagious, febrile disease of cattle, hogs, sheep, and other hoofed animals, caused by any of various rhinoviruses and characterized by vesicular eruptions in the mouth and about the hoofs, teats, and… …   Universalium

  • Foot and mouth disease — Foot Foot (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. {Feet} (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step, pace… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foot-and-mouth disease — [foot′ n mouth′] n. an acute, highly contagious viral disease of cloven footed animals, characterized by fever and by blisters in the mouth and around the hoofs; hoof and mouth disease: it is sometimes transmitted to humans …   English World dictionary

  • foot-and-mouth disease — foot′ and mouth′ disease n. vet a contagious viral disease of cattle and other hoofed animals, characterized by blisters in the mouth and about the hoofs Also called hoof and mouth disease • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • foot-and-mouth disease — ► NOUN ▪ a contagious viral disease of cattle and sheep, causing ulceration of the hoofs and around the mouth …   English terms dictionary

  • Foot-and-mouth disease — Infobox Disease Name = Foot and mouth disease Caption = DiseasesDB = 31707 ICD10 = ICD10|B|08|8|b|00 ICD9 = ICD9|078.4 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = eMedicineTopic = MeshID = D005536 Taxobox color = violet name = Foot and mouth… …   Wikipedia

  • Foot in Mouth Disease — For the cattle ailment, see foot and mouth disease. Foot In Mouth Disease Studio album by Gob …   Wikipedia

  • Foot-and-mouth disease — A highly infectious virus that can infect people but affects them most by infecting livestock cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. The virus is in the same family of viruses as those causing the common cold. The virus is spread by many routes by… …   Medical dictionary

  • foot-in-mouth disease — Informal (facetious). the habit of making inappropriate, insensitive, or imprudent statements. [1965 70; pun on FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE, with allusion to FOOT IN MOUTH] * * * foot in mouth disease, the habit or condition of saying tactless or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • foot-and-mouth disease — noun Date: 1862 an acute contagious febrile disease especially of cloven footed animals that is caused by serotypes of a picornavirus (species Foot and mouth disease virus of the genus Aphthovirus) and is marked by ulcerating vesicles in the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • foot-in-mouth disease — /ˌfʊt ɪn ˈmaʊθ dəˌziz/ (say .foot in mowth duh.zeez) noun Colloquial a propensity to say injudicious things. Also, foot in the mouth disease. {from foot in mouth with punning reference to foot and mouth disease} …   Australian English dictionary

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