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To be, or to become ashamed or embarrassed

blush

verb

if you blush, your cheeks become red because you feel embarrassed or ashamed

wince

verb

to react to something with a sudden expression on your face that shows you are embarrassed or feel pain

feel bad (about something)

to feel guilty or unhappy about something

make a fool of yourself

to make yourself seem stupid by behaving in a silly or embarrassing way

cringe

verb

to feel embarrassed or ashamed about something

reproach yourself

to feel ashamed and angry because you know that you have done something wrong

not know where to put yourself

to feel very embarrassed

put your foot in it

to accidentally say something that is embarrassing or that upsets or annoys someone. The American expression is put your foot in your mouth

squirm

verb

to look or feel embarrassed and uncomfortable

prick

verb

to cause or experience a guilty or embarrassed feeling, when you know you are doing something wrong

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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skanky

very unpleasant or dirty

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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