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an embarrassment of riches

Too much or more than enough of a desired or needed thing. There are so many stellar applicants for the job that we can't choose between them—it's truly an embarrassment of riches.
See also: embarrassment, of, riches

blush with (an emotion)

To have a red face while feeling a particular emotion (which is stated after "with"). I blushed with embarrassment when the teacher caught me not paying attention in class and yelled at me.
See also: blush

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

an embarrassment of riches

LITERARY
If you have an embarrassment of riches, you have so many good things or options that you cannot decide which to have or do. With three matches being screened live simultaneously, football fans have an embarrassment of riches to choose from.
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an emˌbarrassment of ˈriches

so many good things that it is difficult to choose just one: Stratford has an embarrassment of riches, what with three theatres and lovely countryside too.
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Some people would take small embarrassment too seriously; others would stigmatize too much, or for the wrong things, or stigmatize the wrong people.
If we are to use slight shaming for public health in the safest, most targeted way possible, the mechanics and triggers of embarrassment and stigma should be studied more carefully.
Embarrassments has the novelist on the verge of a theatrical nervous breakdown as he brings his doomed play Guy Domville to London's West End.
Those post-disaster works included The Golden Bowl, The Ambassadors and other classics that find musical expression in Embarrassments.
A semi-retired actor and singer, Pen herself performed on the first workshop recordings of Embarrassments at the Eugene O'Neill Music Theater Conference.
Embarrassments, recollected and dwelt upon, are windows through which we, together with Rousseau the narrator, can peer into the inner citadel; or rather we can re-create Rousseau's inner self.
The conventional wisdom is that embarrassment like some other emotions we experience, for example irritation, is a shallow emotion.
At the heart of this natural reaction is the dormant thought that embarrassment is a form of weakness, of immaturity, of irrationality even; a transient intrusion into our normal lives.
Remember: with embarrassment, we cringe; we want to hide, even disappear into the bowels of the earth; and, significantly, sometimes we are so embarrassed that we could die.
Contrary to the conventional view, I suggest that embarrassment as an emotion cuts deep in our lives; that it is a window on the self, that its moments and episodes constitute a personal index to the self's values and concerns, to its moral and social resources.
The paralysis, the silence, the ambivalence of embarrassment is thick in the air.
We might say that embarrassment is the static in the music of our social life.
The story proved a major embarrassment to CNN/USA President Richard Kaplan, who joined CNN in August from ABC.