from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unforeseen event that disrupts the normal course of things; an inopportune occurrence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unforeseen, inopportune, or embarrassing event; a hitch
- n. An ill-timed pass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An unexpected and untoward accident; something inopportune or embarrassing; a hitch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An unexpected and untoward event; an embarrassing conjuncture; a “hitch.”
- n. In music, same as syncopation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an awkward clash
The practical political effect of the Clinton contretemps is simple: Meek, already struggling badly for any traction in the race (polling suggests that his support runs in the high teens) looks hapless and hopeless at a time when voters want the exact opposite.
While the Clinton contretemps is absolutely fascinating -- particularly to veteran Clinton watchers like us -- it ultimately will have little effect on the race.
Associated Press News analyst Juan Williams All these sentiments strike me as eminently reasonable, but my own view of the contretemps is slightly different.
I’ve been trying to puzzle through what to say about the Bush-Putin contretemps over US deployment of missile defense systems in central Europe.
But by now it's clear to everyone that there was no great PR strategy behind taking the artist / label contretemps public, and that the album's fortunes have been affected in the collateral damage. about what she calls the "supposed feud," insisting that she and her team remain a "tightly knit family" and saying, "A lot has been made in the press about my relationship with Clive.
Jack Bradley himself has been unavailable for comment, but bank spokesperson Wayne Taylor does concede that the contretemps is a no-win situation for everyone.
The French word "contretemps" means, among other things, "a note played against the beat".
I would like to experience more 'contretemps' in order to puruse artistic abilities.
AUDIO FILE: hear Jean-Marc pronounce the word "contretemps" and the related expressions (please check back later ... having computer mishaps, or "contretemps," this morning!)
Martinelli and the Americans went back and forth in a kind of contretemps over the wiretap matter, with the Panamanian president fretting that local authorities failed to benefit from Operation Matador.