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embarrass (someone) into (doing something)

To shame or humiliate someone into doing something. The newspaper ran an unflattering story about our CEO and embarrassed him into donating money to various charities. The other kids embarrassed me into starting the food fight by calling me a wuss.
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embarrass (someone) with (something)

To shame someone with something. Mom, I can't believe you embarrassed me with my baby pictures when all of my friends were over!
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embarrassed about (something)

Shameful about something. I'm so embarrassed about falling down on stage during the talent show! Considering how well you played, you shouldn't feel embarrassed about losing.
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embarrass (one) about (something)

To cause one to feel shame about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "embarrass" and "about." Don't embarrass him about falling down on stage during the talent show—he's upset enough as it is.
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embarrass someone about someone or something

to make someone feel bad or ashamed about someone or something. Please don't embarrass me by mentioning my mistake again. There is no need to embarrass her about her unfortunate sister.
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embarrass someone into doing something

to shame someone into doing something. They tried to embarrass me into doing it, but I resisted. Juan tried to embarrass Fred into going home early.
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embarrass someone with something

to use something to make someone feel bad or ashamed. Please don't embarrass me with that old story again. Maria embarrassed Henry with a reminder of what had happened.
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financially embarrassed

Euph. broke. I'm a bit financially embarrassed at the moment. Gary found himself financially embarrassed when the time came to pay the bill.
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Put simply, media that reports on the horrific and embarrassing realities associated with a myriad of Bush administration policies are, in effect, "with the terrorists," since they obviously aren't in line with the Bush administration's propaganda campaign.
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Most embarrassing vote: Every time I've voted for a major-party candidate I've felt embarrassed.
Mary's Cathedral; and later he was placed in the embarrassing position of having his invitation rejected by his fellow Presbyters--fellow bishops in the Scottish church--because I, as a mere Baptist, did not stand in apostolic succession.
Second, if the child is acting up in class, he or she deserves some form of punishment, and if embarrassing the child by calling his or her mother or father right then and there does the trick, so be it.
The panel uses equally blunt language in assessing the demise of the Mars Climate Orbiter, a loss that NASA had already traced to an embarrassing error.
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