red-face test

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red-face test

A hypothetical test meant to measure whether or not some question or thing provokes discernible embarrassment, discomfiture, or displeasure in a person. The old red-face test is a simple but subtle way of telling which employees are the most honest and work the hardest. Well, my proposal didn't pass the red-face test with the boss. I guess we can kiss that idea goodbye.
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As civil war rages in Iraq, the purported ``justifications'' for Rumsfeld's ill-conceived and poorly executed occupation no longer pass the red face test, so Johnson resorts to sophomoric ad hominem attacks.