contretemps contretemps  /ˈkɑn trə ˌtɛmps/


  • (n) an awkward clash


  1. You could say that Snoop Dogg, as their informant Huggy Bear, could use some better dialogue, though he and Stiller do have a funny contretemps over his pet lizard.
  2. If the contretemps did occur, it could help doom not only the NASA chief's chances, but the space agency's ambitious plans to get Americans back to the moon.
  3. The D-Day contretemps began on Wednesday, after the British tabloids discovered that their sovereign had been snubbed by the French and was reportedly not amused.



  1. "I'm sure that most people, when they look at who benefits from releasing that tape, can imagine who released it," says Baldwin. "Everyone I know who has children has had their -- to varying degrees -- pretty ugly contretemps. I never used...
    on Jun 14, 2008 By: Alec Baldwin Source: Irish Independent

  2. Walters called last week's angry exchange between O'Donnell and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck "a little contretemps," describing it as the kind of back and forth that would typically take place off camera.
    on May 29, 2007 By: Barbara Walters Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "It's what we call in French a contretemps (setback), but no more than that," Dion told reporters after the aircraft landed in Montreal.
    on Sep 17, 2008 By: Stephane Dion Source:

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