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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

a crying shame

Something that is problematic and inopportune. It's a crying shame that the car just died—I planned to give it to you some day.
See also: crying, shame

it's a crying shame

It is problematic and inopportune. It's a crying shame that the car just died—I planned to give it to you some day.
See also: crying, shame

put (someone or something) to shame

1. To disgrace, embarrass, or shame someone or something. The neighborhood is going to start putting people to shame who don't pick up their pets' litter. These giant banks were all culpable for the economic crash, and I think we should put them to shame for it.
2. To outclass, outshine, or outperform someone or something. I thought I was a pretty good tennis player, but you puts me to shame! The fledgling technology company's debut smartphone puts the rest of the competition to shame.
See also: put, shame

shame on (one)

An expression of angry, disappointed condemnation. Shame on you! You know better than to steal your sister's toys! Shame on her for taking advantage of your feelings like that!
See also: on, shame

for shame

An expression of angry, disappointed condemnation. For shame! You know better than to steal your sister's toys! I can't believe she took advantage of your feelings like that—for shame!
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be a crying shame

To be problematic and inopportune. It's a crying shame that the car just died—I planned to give it to you some day.
See also: crying, 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!
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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

name and shame

If something such as a newspaper or an official organization names and shames people or companies who have performed badly or who have done something wrong, it tells people their names. The government will name and shame the worst performing airlines.
See also: and, name, shame

name and shame

identify wrongdoers by name with the intention of embarrassing them into improving their behaviour.
1998 New Scientist I'm all for naming and shaming, as this is worth many times more than fines.
See also: and, name, shame

be a crying ˈshame

(spoken) used to emphasize that you think something is extremely bad or shocking: It’s a crying shame to waste all that food.
See also: crying, shame

put somebody/something to ˈshame

be much better than somebody/something: This new stereo puts our old one to shame.

ˈshame on you, him, etc.

(spoken) an exclamation said to somebody who has behaved badly or done something they should be ashamed of: You forgot your mother’s birthday? Shame on you!
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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Whether it's a family member or a random stranger, such shaming can never be considered 'constructive criticism' in my eyes.
When shaming does occur, it can be a very powerful experience, entailing "a painful negative scrutiny of the self--a feeling that 'I am unworthy, incompetent, or bad,' " explains psychologist June Price Tangney (1995, p.
BUT AT THE MOMENT, THE MOST CONSPICUOUS arena for the use of consciously weaponized shaming is the American college campus, where issues of inflamed racial sensitivity are front and center, accompanied by a few sexual minorities' and indigenous peoples' grievances.
One might view this constant shaming as simply a repression of Catherine's desire to translate her novelistic investments into a heightened way of experiencing the world.
Nudging, shaming and stigmatising to improve population health: Comment on "Nudging by shaming, shaming by nudging".
This paper also draws on a range of theoretical and micro analytical aspects of shame and shaming in the media which will be explained briefly as they are applied in the analysis.
Opening up an area of undertheorized assertions and unexplored assumptions, this Article offers a novel understanding of the role of shaming in humanitarian intervention and a way forward in generating more productive thinking about this crucial field of international law and politics.
She interprets Plato's aim in this dialogue as exposing a difficult but critical truth: that a harsh kind of shaming can have devastating effects on its audiences, driving those people who are incapable of morally benefiting from the elenchus to actually embrace the tyrannical life, where they will have the power to protect themselves from all sorts of pain, including the pain of the disapproving gaze of their fellows.
These questions are crucial, and Bewes' vision of "a writing freed from the shaming, subtractive consciousness of a being who writes" surely points us in the right direction.
While some clients might find it useful to experiment with such labels in their recovery, negative attributes are potentially shaming and, if located in the individual rather than the behavior, can tie the shame to the person.
In 2008, Dongguk filed a $50 million lawsuit against Yale University for "reckless" and "wanton" conduct, and for defaming, publicly humiliating and shaming Dongguk in the eyes of the Korean public, thus costing the university millions in contributions (TheNew York Times, 10 October 2009).
Shaming is an appeal to the emotions during group gatherings of local residents to access the impacts of unhygienic practices, according to Pattnayak.
Their inability to acknowledge the actual, shaming impotence that racism inflicts is illustrated well by the story of Zechariah Morgan's rejection of his twin brother, Tea, for dancing for drunken white men who threaten otherwise to shoot him.
They bristled at the in-your-face attitude of the Manchester lot and said they wouldn't be comfortable with naming and shaming.
Shaming penalties, broadly defined, are those sanctions that shine a spotlight on offenders in order to warn others of antisocial activity and of the miscreants perpetrating the deeds.