not know where to look

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not know where to look

To not know how to behave in an embarrassing or uncomfortable situation. We didn't know where to look when Jan and Pete started fighting during dinner. When I hang out with Sarah and Suzie, I always feel like a third wheel, and I don't know where to look when they start cuddling or kissing.
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not know where (or which way) to look

feel great embarrassment and not know how to react.
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not know which way/where to ˈlook

(informal) not know how to react or behave in an embarrassing situation: When a half-naked woman walked into the room, nobody knew where to look.
See also: know, look, not, way
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I just didn't know where to look. Thank goodness I had my copy of Caravaners' World, that's all I can say.
Our Angel Eyes spy didn't know where to look when she spotted Toon legend Alan Shearer on the 10.03am train from Newcastle to London, last Saturday, on his way to record Match of the Day.
Our country's leaders certainly can't say they didn't know where to look.
Tartan Army foot soldier Lyle Smith didn't know where to look yesterday when he stumbled upon this troupe of sexy dancers.
The ball caused some damage they'll both be out of action Well maybe in three weeks they could be out of traction When the naked two were carried out I didn't know where to look The cricket club dismissed me, told me to sling my hook.
London, Feb 7 ( ANI ): David Beckham has revealed that he "didn't know where to look" when his raunchy new underwear ad was shown during the Super Bowl recently.
It's a bit silly to be annoyed by it or embarrassed - it's totally natural - Susan Harris, 51, Billingham, carer Men find it a bit uncomfortable to see - my boyfriend didn't know where to look when my friend was doing it but you just need to get over it - Emma Harris, 30, Billingham, retail operative My wife breastfed and she found being out in public hard at first but then became more confident.
I didn't know where to look. His parents thought my embarrassment was funny and invited me to do the same.
"It was such a shock and you didn't know where to look because there were cars everywhere."
"I was shocked and didn't know where to look. It's the online dating version of a flasher but apparently it's quite common.
ELDERLY Tory backbenchers didn't know where to look during the Commons debate over the tampon tax.
"She didn't know where to look but I remember there was a lot of giggling.
"I didn't know where to look. There were bums and guns everywhere," he added.
"We didn't know where to look for him, the weather was so bad, but people bought him food and gave him money, pounds 5 notes and took him to cafes.
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