A minor disagreement or misunderstanding, typically causing a temporary interruption in progress or harmony.
Late 17th century: from french contretemps, literally "against time" (i.e. unexpected or inappropriate timing), from contre "against" + temps "time".
- The meeting was going smoothly until a contretemps arose over the budget.
- The couple had a contretemps over where to go for dinner.
- The event was marred by a contretemps between the organizer and the keynote speaker.
- The contretemps caused a delay in the project.
- The contretemps was quickly resolved and the meeting resumed.