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.
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You know the title of it, the author, what the picture is on the cover, but if you don't know where to look for it, you're not going to find it.
"Sometimes people don't know where to look, even though it may seem obvious."
For business owners who claim they don't know where to look, start with your company's balance sheet and income statement.
I think a lot of people don't know where to look for them."
But handler Chris O'Donnell, who was the last person to see him, said "We haven't had any sightings for four weeks so we don't know where to look.
A Westminster source said: "When you walk into the office, you don't know where to look. The amount of female flesh on show would make a mechanic blush."
Don't know where to look? Just have a look either side of Men and Motors and Living TV and you'll find the channel with the creatures flashing unfeasibly large teeth.
Some start to get beads of sweat on their forehead and they just don't know where to look as you're telling them how lovely the silk feels.
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