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contretemps

kon truh temps

  • n  an awkward clash
    he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman

  • The Cooler contretemps (which ended with the scene "substantially intact," in Roger Ebert's tantalizing phrase) is among the titanic Hollywood battles itemized in Kirby Dick's very .
  • 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.
  • 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.
Quotes

  • Alec Baldwin in Irish Independent
    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...
  • Barbara Walters in Los Angeles Times
    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.
  • Stephane Dion in CTV.ca
    It's what we call in French a contretemps (setback), but no more than that,Dion told reporters after the aircraft landed in Montreal.

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