mete la pata
1. (colloquial) (idiom) (he or she blunders; third person singular) 
a. he puts his foot in it (idiom) (masculine) 
No le cuentes a papá nuestro secreto, por si mete la pata.Don't tell Dad our secret, just in case he puts his foot in it.
b. she puts her foot in it (idiom) (feminine) 
Cada vez que Laura habla, mete la pata.Every time Laura speaks, she puts her foot in it.
c. he puts his foot in his mouth (idiom) (masculine) (United States) 
¿Y qué pasa después en esa escena? - Entonces él mete la pata cuando le pregunta a su jefa si está embarazada y ella contesta que no.So what happens next in that scene? - He puts his foot in his mouth when he asks his boss if she's pregnant and she answers she isn't.
d. she puts her foot in her mouth (idiom) (feminine) (United States) 
Amanda es tremenda; mete la pata cada vez que tiene que hablar en público.Amanda is terrible; she puts her foot in her mouth every time she has to speak in public.
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