“Put your foot in it”: idiom meaning.

Put your foot in it
Say something that makes someone feel upset or embarrassed, without any intention of hurting someone or making them feel uncomfortable. You just realise you shouldn’t have said it right after you/ve pronounced it. In the illustration above, the man wanted to make a compliment but maybe he should have put it in different words.

Other examples of “put your foot in it” idiom in a sentence

  • I told her I thought she was older. I put my foot in it.
  • He always puts his foot in it in front of important clients.
  • I really put my foot in it when I asked her about her kids (she didn’t have any).

“Put your foot in it”: use in context explanation

The man loves his wife and likes her body and her style. He likes telling her compliments. He says she looks good and that he likes her curvy body. The wife misinterprets his words, though and thinks she looks fat. She gets mad at her husband about what he’s just said instead of appreciating in. She gets offended. The man recognises that maybe he should have put it in other words not to hurt her feelings. He realizes he has put his foot in it by saying something that made the woman sad and not pleased. He regrets he has ever pronounced those words.