sink through the floor

sink through the floor

Suffer extreme embarrassment, as in When she called our name on the list of those who owed dues, I sank through the floor. This hyperbolic term dates from the early 1900s.
See also: floor, sink
References in classic literature ?
Rachel says she thought she would sink through the floor when she come in all rigged out like that.
Colbert would have liked to sink through the floor.