I've no doubt Crawleigh did it as tactlessly as possible, and Barbara took it as a challenge.
It so tactlessly implied that she did not mean what she had said.
She had a knack of behaving awkwardly and tactlessly, of saying things which she ought not to say.
The Greeks had most tactlessly hoisted huge flags but were promptly dealt with.
The Regent had just tactlessly offended him by refusing to let him take possession of the town of Orléans.
Yet I always thought she might have taken him, in that flaming October, if he hadn't so flagrantly, tactlessly liked the place.
Tactlessly critical letters published in Northern papers did not add to their popularity.
The other members of the Government, while not so tactlessly hostile, were not particularly encouraging.
Bacon attacked dead and living worthies, tactlessly, fatuously, and unfairly.
She was really fine at times in her attitude towards the indiscreetly or tactlessly inquiring.