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embarrass (someone) into (doing something)

To shame or humiliate someone into doing something. The newspaper ran an unflattering story about our CEO and embarrassed him into donating money to various charities. The other kids embarrassed me into starting the food fight by calling me a wuss.
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embarrass (someone) with (something)

To shame someone with something. Mom, I can't believe you embarrassed me with my baby pictures when all of my friends were over!
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embarrass about (something)

1. To feel shame about someone or something I'm so embarrassed about falling down on stage during the talent show! Considering how well you played, you shouldn't feel embarrassed about losing.
2. To cause one to feel shame about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "embarrass" and "about." Don't embarrass him about falling down on stage during the talent show—he's upset enough as it is.
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embarrass someone about someone or something

to make someone feel bad or ashamed about someone or something. Please don't embarrass me by mentioning my mistake again. There is no need to embarrass her about her unfortunate sister.
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embarrass someone into doing something

to shame someone into doing something. They tried to embarrass me into doing it, but I resisted. Juan tried to embarrass Fred into going home early.
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embarrass someone with something

to use something to make someone feel bad or ashamed. Please don't embarrass me with that old story again. Maria embarrassed Henry with a reminder of what had happened.
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financially embarrassed

Euph. broke. I'm a bit financially embarrassed at the moment. Gary found himself financially embarrassed when the time came to pay the bill.
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Anticipating the obvious response, they also deny that the site is engaged in scholarly fair use of their material, arguing instead that it exists "to embarrass the Plaintiffs.
Charles keeps lists, lists of things that he needs for school, lists of things that worry him, lists of things that embarrass him.
Our intent is not to malign or embarrass the authors, but to emphasize the importance of an adequate literature search when preparing a manuscript.
So the last thing you'd want to do is embarrass yourself in front of such a seasoned professional.
The poll also found that moms embarrass their children a little less (28 per cent of the time) than fathers who manage to embarrass their kids about 40 per cent of the time.
Ye gods, if we've got to put up with all the sleepless nights and nappy changes, not to mention the horror of their adolescence, the leastamum or dad can expect in return is the right to embarrass their kids.
If he continues to embarrass you then perhaps he's not the man for you.
Avoid holding the intervention at a skate spot or park, as this will only embarrass the victim and lead to further mongoing.
In other words, let's not embarrass homosexuals, whether priests or others, just because they are apt to fall into ephebophilia (the technical name for paedophilia [child abuse] when the child has become an adolescent).
London, August 7 ( ANI ): Fathers embarrass their kids by telling an average of two terrible jokes a week, a new study has revealed.
A lot of my postbag comes from teens who have suffered embarrassing moments at school, or whose parents embarrass them.
Bill It doesn't take much to embarrass guys, especially when it comes to girls.
Dr Molestone, author of Stop Dreaming, Start Living, says it is difficult for parents to know if what they are doing is going to embarrass their children.
And one in five worry that the summer holidays mean more opportunities to embarrass.
I like to annoy her in public so, while in line, I turned around and gave her a big hug lust to embarrass her.