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a shame

An unfortunate situation. The term is used either in consolation or ironically. I heard that things didn't work out between you two, that's a real shame. You only have two yachts after the third one sunk? Aw, what a shame!
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name and shame

1. verb phrase To publicly name or otherwise identify a person, group, or organization that is guilty of some criminal or anti-social act so as to expose him, her, or them to public shame. The federal agency's plan—to name and shame local criminals across the country with a published list of their names and convictions—is being branded by some advocacy groups as a violation of privacy.
2. noun phrase The act of exposing a culpable person, group, or organization to public shame. Look, I'm just as upset as anyone, but I'm not willing to take part in some name and shame against everyone in the neighborhood!
See also: and, name, shame

crying shame

Fig. a very unfortunate situation; a real shame. It's a crying shame that people cannot afford adequate housing. That your father could not attend graduation was a crying shame.
See also: crying, shame

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Prov. After being tricked once, one should be wary, so that the person cannot trick you again. Fred: Would you like a can of peanuts? Jane: The last can of peanuts you gave me had a toy snake in it. Fred: This one really is peanuts. Jane: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
See also: fool, on, shame

For shame!

That is shameful! Sue: Did you hear that Tom was in jail? Fred: For shame! What did he do? Sue: Nobody knows. Mary: I've decided not to go to the conference. John: For shame! Who will represent us?

hide one's face in shame

Fig. to cover one's face because of shame or embarrassment. Mary was so embarrassed. She could only hide her face in shame. When Tom broke Ann's crystal vase, he wanted to hide his face in shame.
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put someone to shame

 
1. to embarrass someone; to make someone ashamed. I put him to shame by telling everyone about his bad behavior.
2. to show someone up. Your excellent efforts put us all to shame.
See also: put, shame

shame of it (all)

That is so shameful!; I am so embarrassed; I am shocked. (Considerable use jocularly or as a parody. Compare this with For shame!) John: Good grief! I have a pimple! Always, just before a date. Andy: The shame of it all! Tom: John claims that he cheated on his taxes. Bill: Golly! The shame of it!
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shame on you

a phrase scolding someone for being naughty. (*Typically said to a child or to an adult for a childish infraction.) John: I think I broke one of your figurines. Mary: Shame on you! John: I'll replace it, of course. Mary: Thanks, I sort of liked it. "Shame on you!" said Mary. "You should have known better!"
See also: on, shame

Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Prov. to tell the truth even though you have strong reasons for concealing it. Jill: Have you been using my computer without asking permission? Jane: Uh... no.... Jill: Come on, Jane, tell the truth and shame the devil.
See also: and, devil, shame, tell, truth

What a pity!

 and What a shame!
Fig. an expression of consolation meaning That's too bad. (Can also be used sarcastically.) Bill: I'm sorry to tell you that the cat died today. Mary: What a pity! Mary: The cake is ruined! Sally: What a shame!

it's a crying shame

(spoken)
it is a great misfortune It's a crying shame when someone has worked hard and then loses everything because of someone else's dishonesty.
See also: crying, shame

put somebody to shame

to cause someone to be embarrassed I thought I was in pretty good shape for hiking, but Astrid, who is in her 70s, put me to shame.
See also: put, shame

shame on you

(spoken)
you should feel embarrassed by something you have done Protesters chanted “shame on you” at the university's president. Shame on me for not checking the schedule and getting there half an hour late.
See also: on, shame

It's a crying shame!

something that you say when you think a situation is wrong (often + that ) It's a crying shame that she only gets one month's maternity leave.
See also: crying

crying shame, a

An unfortunate situation, as in It's a crying shame that Bob can't find a job. This term may well come from the now obsolete to cry shame upon, meaning "express vigorous disapproval or censure," current from about 1600 to the mid-1800s.
See also: crying

for shame

Also, shame on you. An expression that condemns someone for being dishonorable or disgraceful. For example, " For shame," said Carol to the puppy, "You shouldn't have done that," or "Shame on you for cheating," the teacher said. [c. 1300]
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put to shame

Outdo, eclipse, as in Jane's immaculate kitchen puts mine to shame. This idiom modifies the literal sense of put to shame, that is, "disgrace someone," to the much milder "cause to feel inferior." [Mid-1800s]
See also: put, shame

shame on you

see under for shame.
See also: on, shame

put to shame

1. To cause to feel shame.
2. To outdo thoroughly; surpass: Your kindness has put the rest of us to shame.
See also: put, shame

sense of shame

An understanding and respect for propriety and morality.
See also: of, sense, shame
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223) Furthermore, even if an offender is not shamed by the infliction of a public shaming sanction, the punishment can serve as a general deterrent to the public as a whole by reinforcing the community's norms.
It is they who should be named and shamed for not knowing what their kids are up to when they leave the house.
For our purposes, introducing shame for Homo moralis crimes could potentially "morally educate" the specific offenders without threatening the social norms underlying the proscribed conduct, but only under two conditions: (1) The underlying social norm must be close enough to the state-prescribed requirement to fall within the government's legitimate moral subsidy; and (2) the penalty must be focused enough to highlight the individual failings of the people who are shamed.
Those that fail to pay on time should be named and shamed in an annual list and there must be tougher penalties on companies that refuse to comply with reporting requirements.
But shamed merchants are likely to suffer harms from shame sanctions that go beyond the conventional loss of commercial reputation.
As each of the 45 senators are shamed for their no vote, senators who voted in favor of the Manchin-Toomey gun bill will be honored in the Congressional Hall of Fame.
com also removed the shamed presenter from this year's shortlist".
A shamed athlete might choose to work on his or her weaknesses, or come to realize that the shame is the result of unrealistic expectations of others and move forward.
How glad I was to read in Tuesday's Echo, that someone has finally been named and shamed for their part in an appallingly vicious street attack.
Accused of being shameless, she is ritually shamed.
Quoting Don Laub's statement that at the center of the trauma survivor there is "a danger, a nightmare, a fragility, a woundedness that defies all healing," Bouson convincingly argues that this plight is dramatized in Sethe's discussion of her "rememory," yet Amy Denver is referred to as "a shamed white girl" with no explanation of why she is shamed or what, specifically, shames her.
Then there's Rob Lowe, the Hollywood bratpacker shamed filming sex with a minor during the 1988 Democratic Convention.
The Government stands to be named and shamed more than most, since all the available research indicates that is among the worst payers of all.
Noah had been shamed by his nakedness, Sarah by her barrenness, Jacob by his effeminate body, Potiphar's wife through her brazen advances.
a shaming experience) is extremely devaluing and the shamed individual must engage in violence to regain status in the group.