make (one's) toes curl

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make (one's) toes curl

1. To cause one an acute feeling of disgust, shame, embarrassment, or anguish. Her story about the disastrous wedding made everyone's toes curl. The thought of having to give her presentation in front of an audience made her toes curl. I don't know why, but the sound of another person chewing makes my toes curl.
2. To cause one an acute feeling of joy or pleasure. When he leaned in to kiss me at the end of the date, it made my toes curl.
See also: curl, make, toe

make your toes curl

1. If something makes your toes curl, it makes you feel very embarrassed. He reminds us of every time our toes curled in the past watching TV presenters making idiotic comments or awful jokes. I attacked her in a way that now makes my toes curl. Note: You can use toe-curling before nouns to describe things that make you feel embarrassed. Movies about famous explorers rarely work, as some recent toe-curling efforts show.
2. If something makes your toes curl, it makes you react strongly, especially by being shocked. She tells stories that would make your toes curl. Note: You can also say that something curls your toes. There are some things you'll learn about this place that'll curl your toes.
See also: curl, make, toe

make someone's toes curl

bring about an extreme reaction in someone, either of pleasure or disgust. informal
1984 Paul Prudhomme Louisiana Kitchen This is so good it'll make your toes curl!
See also: curl, make, toe

make somebody’s ˈtoes curl

make somebody feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about something: After yesterday’s embarrassing incident, she really didn’t want to go to work. Just thinking about it was enough to make her toes curl. ▶ ˈtoe-curling adj.: a toe-curling performance
See also: curl, make, toe
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