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Contretemps   /kˈɑntrətˌɛmps/   Listen

An awkward clash.

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"Contretemps" Quotes from Famous Books

... "You carry originality to quixoticism. I have met several men before in my life whom I have suspected of such a thing, but I never heard any one confess it. This little domestic contretemps is then, I presume, ...
— The Yellow Crayon • E. Phillips Oppenheim

... in ten, than the truth you're trying to soften. Then, too, the story given out to Rodney's friends being that Rose was in California with her mother and Portia, left the chance always open for some contretemps which would lead to her mother's discovering the truth in a surprising and ...
— The Real Adventure • Henry Kitchell Webster

... times. She will be here within the hour to watch me being filmed and to hold me to my promise to place her as leading woman opposite me." He stops and moans. "Gentlemen," he goes on, "picture for yourself the contretemps when she finds I am nothing but a super and that Genaro wouldn't give Sarah Bernhardt a job on a recommendation from me! My romance will be shattered, and the—the humiliation ...
— Kid Scanlan • H. C. Witwer

... the fool's at his sticks!' exclaimed Sponge, disgusted at the contretemps. 'Mister Jogglebury!' roared he, 'Mister Jogglebury, we shall never catch up the hounds ...
— Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour • R. S. Surtees

... the lady, "has been most fortunate; for without this contretemps I should have been quite ignorant of Master Louis' being so near—you must come and see me, dear. Mr. Hamilton, I must take him home ...
— Louis' School Days - A Story for Boys • E. J. May

... It is scarcely necessary to tell the reader, that the animal so often alluded to in this book, and which is vulgarly called the buffaloe, is in truth the bison; hence so many contretemps between the men of the prairies and ...
— The Prairie • J. Fenimore Cooper

Words linked to "Contretemps" :   clash, encounter, plural form, plural, skirmish, brush

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