wish the ground would swallow (one) up

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wish the ground would swallow (one) up

To wish one could have an escape or some instant relief from being mortified or extremely embarrassed. Hershel just asked me out in the middle of class in front of everyone. I wish the ground would swallow me up. After my presentation, I realized my fly had been down the whole time, and I wished the ground would swallow me up.
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