embarrassment


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Related to embarrassment: Embarrassment of riches

an embarrassment of riches

(slightly formal)
more of something good or pleasant than you need The Internet presents us with an embarrassment of riches when you want information, but how much of it is accurate?
See also: embarrassment, of, riches

an embarrassment of riches

  (formal)
if you have an embarrassment of riches, you have more of something than you need and this makes it difficult for you to make a choice This club has an embarrassment of riches. All their players are good, so who do they pick for their side?
See also: embarrassment, of, riches

embarrassment of riches

An overabundance of something, too much of a good thing, as in All four of them have their own cars but there's no room in the driveway-an embarrassment of riches . This term originated in 1738 as John Ozell's translation of a French play, L'Embarras des richesses (1726).
See also: embarrassment, of, riches
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Morland's assistance, as well in giving encouragement, as in finding conversation for her guest, whose embarrassment on his father's account she earnestly pitied, Mrs.
Van Brandt of his embarrassments is quite so simple as you suppose.
She was much less embarrassed than he, while she betrayed her embarrassment not at all.
He toyed with his spoon, and flushed his embarrassment over his soda, but lingered on; and she spoke softly, dropped her eyes, and wove her witchery about him.
For a long time they were content to walk together in the evenings, or to sit side by side on a bench in the park, neither uttering a word for an hour at a time, merely gazing into each other's eyes, too faintly luminous in the starshine to be a cause for self-consciousness and embarrassment.
Rather than impose new embarrassments upon you I would prefer to aid you to regain your freedom.
After what you have told the landlady," she said, "think of the embarrassment, the cruel embarrassment of our position, if you stop at the inn till to-morrow morning
At the instant when she was just facing the stairs, he raised his eyes, caught sight of her, and into the expression of his face there passed a shade of embarrassment and dismay.
Various difficulties and inconveniences would be inseparable from such a situation; whereas one government, watching over the general and common interests, and combining and directing the powers and resources of the whole, would be free from all these embarrassments, and conduce far more to the safety of the people.
Sir Percival's embarrassments were so well known all over the county that his solicitor could only make a virtue of necessity and plainly acknowledge them.
This, frankly, should be a source of national embarrassment," he said.
He said: "We can take embarrassment and the Government has to take embarrassment and take criticism on Irish Water.
According to him, those citizens who do not follow only government-controlled media had a chance of hearing and reading messages and recommendations that could only make their faces flush with embarrassment.
PRESENTER Emma Willis has shaken off the embarrassment of her Big Brother blooper, when she accidentally flashed too much flesh on the launch night on Wednesday.
He said "It's an embarrassment being a professional footballer (and doing that).