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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 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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Embarrassing thing: Told to park around the corner when he dropped Brooklyn off for his first date, David took him right to the door and shouted, "I love you!" instead.
The programme makers have gone back on the road to tackle even more of the nation's embarrassing medical conditions in urgent need of attention and the BAFTA award-winning series is visiting Newcastle for two days only.
The Embarrassing Bodies team are back on the road to tackle even more of the nation's embarrassing medical conditions in urgent need of attention and the BAFTA awardwinning series is visiting Newcastle for two days only.
The Embarrassing Bodies team are back on the road to tackle even more of the nation's medical conditions in urgent need of attention.
The actor said he often tries out "moves on the dance floor" he has not practiced before which often end up looking very embarrassing.
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As the nation's waistband expands, Embarrassing Fat Bodies, the show's working title, will look at the physical conditions caused by obesity as well as the long-lasting effect being overweight has on the body internally and externally, even once a person has lost weight.
NASTY bumps, painful bites and oozing sores don't sound like an appealing night in front of the telly, but it's hard not to be drawn into watching Embarrassing Bodies.
The 'Michael Clayton' actor - who drives a electric one seater Tango car - says the vehicle is not only embarrassing in terms of its appearance, it also means he can't drive any of his friends anywhere.
Observed Murray, "Another reason is that Moore has committed some embarrassing gaffes.
Given the massive civilian carnage in Iraq and the now legendary stupidity of our alleged "smart bombs" this was plausible--though highly unlikely and embarrassing nonetheless on a whole bunch of other fronts.
To me the whole situation regarding comments on politicians voiced by some priests and Cardinals--those who are, or who are not in support of politicians who openly support abortion and gay "marriage"--is extremely embarrassing, especially for those outside and even for those within the Church.
However, it is embarrassing for the student who makes an error if the teacher's only response is his or her wrongdoing.
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As Campaign 2004 entered its home stretch, we asked a variety of policy wonks, journalists, thinkers, and other public figures in the reason universe to reveal for whom they were voting this fall, for whom they pulled the lever last time around, their most embarrassing presidential vote, and their favorite president of all time.