not know where to look

not know where to look

To be extremely embarrassed and flustered, uncomfortable, or ill at ease as a result; to not know how to behave in an embarrassing situation. We didn't know where to look when Jan and Pete started fighting during dinner. I hate hanging out with Sarah and Suzie. I always feel like a third wheel, and I never know where to look when they start cuddling or kissing.
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not know where (or which way) to look

feel great embarrassment and not know how to react.
See also: know, look, not

not know which way/where to ˈlook

(informal) not know how to react or behave in an embarrassing situation: When a half-naked woman walked into the room, nobody knew where to look.
See also: know, look, not, way
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As soon as possible Rose retired to a corner, with a porcelain god on one side, a green dragon on the other, and, what was still more embarrassing, Fun See sat on a tea-chest in front, and stared at her with his beady black eyes till she did not know where to look.
Why, even the peasant that you tell me of who marked the place of the flame would not know where to look in daylight even for his own work.
I would not know where to look for the entrance into the lagoon.
Ganzorig lost in the quarterfinal and the Indian wrestling officials did not know where to look.
We dispatched our personnel to the area but since it was too big, we did not know where to look, Salvador said.
We could have discovered this unique object already ten years ago, but people did not know where to look.
The former allies of President Musharraf sitting right in the parliament house were the most taunted over members of the national assembly on Monday and did not know where to look as the Defence Minister lashed out at them and their other 'friends' for their support to the dictator and their colleagues looked on them.
There are many timed challenges like smashing fruit, but what about getting stuck on a challenge and you do not know where to look for Angry Birds Go
Red-faced security guards did not know where to look when Chadwick stripped to her bra.
The Jobs Bus is a great way to reach people who need advice but might not know where to look for it.
There's always something going on; it's a rare treat to not know where to look first
You cannot imagine what I went through those days as I did not know where to look for him," says Hansa who has an older daughter with little children.
This unique information, presented in a straightforward and understandable manner, is an example of why this series is worthwhile, as many readers may not be familiar with these kinds of details and may not know where to look for such an effective summary.
It also found that, given a choice, 45% of people would rather volunteer than fundraise, while one-in-five who said they would fundraise did not know where to look for information.
Charlie Le Mindu, 24, whose creations are worn by singer Lady Gaga, caused quite a stir at London Fashion Week, and many of the assembled fashionistas did not know where to look.
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