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embarrass (one) about (something)

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) 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 names.
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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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embarrassed about (something)

Shameful about 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.
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financially embarrassed

Having little to no money. Any chance we can go out to dinner next week? I'm just a little financially embarrassed right now.
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too (something) for words

Having some quality to a such a degree that it defies explanation or description. The bride was too beautiful for words. Her gown, her makeup, her hair—just stunning. We have to put an offer in. This house is too perfect for words! Marie, you are too kind for words. How can I ever thank you?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Judi Martin, Aberdeenshire I never embarrassed my children - I'm a paragon of virtue.
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Actually, it isn't fair to call a guy like James a "conservative." I know plenty of real conservatives who are embarrassed by his antics.
The survey, commissioned by mobile phone company Three, found that about 30 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds have blocked or deleted their parents from Facebook after getting embarrassed by their antics, Daily Expres reported.
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.
I like to annoy her in public so, while in line, I turned around and gave her a big hug lust to embarrass her.
"Man to man, don't embarrass yourself with these pathetic suggestions.
And doctors are told they must be gentle with fatties so as not to embarrass them.
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.