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an embarrassment of riches

Too much or more than enough of a desired or needed thing. There are so many stellar applicants for the job that we can't choose between them—it's truly an embarrassment of riches.
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blush with (an emotion)

To have a red face while feeling a particular emotion (which is stated after "with"). I blushed with embarrassment when the teacher caught me not paying attention in class and yelled at me.
See also: blush

embarrassment of riches

An overabundance of something, too much of a good thing, as in All four of them have their own cars but there's no room in the driveway-an embarrassment of riches . This term originated in 1738 as John Ozell's translation of a French play, L'Embarras des richesses (1726).
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an embarrassment of riches

If you have an embarrassment of riches, you have so many good things or options that you cannot decide which to have or do. With three matches being screened live simultaneously, football fans have an embarrassment of riches to choose from.
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an emˌbarrassment of ˈriches

so many good things that it is difficult to choose just one: Stratford has an embarrassment of riches, what with three theatres and lovely countryside too.
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embarrassment of riches, an

Too much of a good thing, an overabundance. The term is a direct translation from the French, where it first appeared as the title of a comedy by the Abbé Léonor d’Allainval, L’embarras des richesses (1726), translated into English by John Ozell and opening in London in 1738.
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Therefore, the purpose of this research was to examine the attitude of embarrassment as it relates to condom use, acquisition, and negotiation.
Males and young patients were more likely to present anxiety, pain, or embarrassment during cystoscopy and UDS.
In a reflective moment, she may recognize that the dreaded embarrassment in fact is about a trifle; the sort of realization that can drive cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc (NYSE: GS) received a tax waiver of GBP20m in UK taxes as the government fought to shield Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, from political embarrassment, an advocacy group has said.
of California, Santa Cruz) interprets dialogue in Shakespeare's Venetian plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, in terms of interlocutory (dramatic play) and intralocutory (inward) meaning--viewing the former as a comedy of embarrassment and the latter as a tragedy of embarrassment.
There's absolutely no shame in games like that – a real embarrassment was the 9–0 defeat Aberdeen suffered at Celtic two years ago.
Researchers at the University of California who carried out the study, found that embarrassment is a good thing-in fact, embarrassment is one emotional signature of a person to whom you can entrust valuable resources.
Our National Anthem is a toe-curling embarrassment.
The spokesman said that allowing import of five years old cars was already causing embarrassment to the government which allowed the same to make cheaper cars available to consumers but most of them are priced at the rates of new locally made cars.
Short sales are becoming more and more common in expensive areas as Long Island luxury homeowners try to escape the embarrassment of a foreclosure, the New York Times reported.
Shabandar said in a statement to NINA on tuesdy " statements of Dabbagh becam a point of embarrassment to the government, and that the nonsense comments on a serious national issues represent a major embarrassment for the government.
But for a team of scientists this exact Karaoke experiment has revealed what part of the brain is essential for embarrassment.
There was even more embarrassment yesterday when Sarah Ferguson, the prince's former wife, admitted she made "a gigantic error of judgment " by accepting pounds 15,000 from Epstein to pay off her debts.
Summary: Cowell has called Sarah Ferguson a trooper for attending the Variety charity gala, despite her public embarrassment over the scandal.