out of countenance


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out of countenance

Uneasy; ashamed. I'm sorry if I'm quiet—I made a big mistake at work today, and it really put me out of countenance.
See also: of, out

out of countenance

disconcerted or unpleasantly surprised.
Countenance here has the sense of ‘confidence of demeanour or calmness of expression’.
See also: of, out