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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. A: "Look at all the desserts people brought to the party!" B: "Whoa, talk about an embarrassment of riches. I'm gonna stake about a spot close to the dessert table for the rest of the night!" Have you looked at their lineup since the trade deadline? They have so many all-stars now, it's an embarrassment of riches!
See also: an, embarrassment, of, riches

blush with (an emotion)

To have a red face while feeling a particular emotion. I blushed with embarrassment when the teacher caught me not paying attention in class and yelled at me.
See also: blush
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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).
See also: embarrassment, of, riches
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an embarrassment of riches

LITERARY
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.
See also: an, embarrassment, of, riches
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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.
See also: an, embarrassment, of, riches
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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.
See also: an, embarrassment, of
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Voigt's (1), Emma Tieffenbach's (2), and Yashar Saghai's (3) ingenious comments have taught me a lot about nudging, embarrassment, and restriction.
But circumstances that tend to issue only in embarrassment that is adaptive and lacks the person's own endorsement are potentially characterizeable.
Some people would take small embarrassment too seriously; others would stigmatize too much, or for the wrong things, or stigmatize the wrong people.
Tieffenbach adds that even mild embarrassment should count as a significant cost compared to what it helps prevent--a single instance of drinking a supersize soda, or a single smoking break.
If we are to use slight shaming for public health in the safest, most targeted way possible, the mechanics and triggers of embarrassment and stigma should be studied more carefully.
Embarrassments has the novelist on the verge of a theatrical nervous breakdown as he brings his doomed play Guy Domville to London's West End.
We try to make him human and use this disaster to explore what led him to create his masterpieces." Those post-disaster works included The Golden Bowl, The Ambassadors and other classics that find musical expression in Embarrassments.
A semi-retired actor and singer, Pen herself performed on the first workshop recordings of Embarrassments at the Eugene O'Neill Music Theater Conference.
Embarrassments, recollected and dwelt upon, are windows through which we, together with Rousseau the narrator, can peer into the inner citadel; or rather we can re-create Rousseau's inner self.
The conventional wisdom is that embarrassment like some other emotions we experience, for example irritation, is a shallow emotion.
At the heart of this natural reaction is the dormant thought that embarrassment is a form of weakness, of immaturity, of irrationality even; a transient intrusion into our normal lives.
Remember: with embarrassment, we cringe; we want to hide, even disappear into the bowels of the earth; and, significantly, sometimes we are so embarrassed that we could die.
Contrary to the conventional view, I suggest that embarrassment as an emotion cuts deep in our lives; that it is a window on the self, that its moments and episodes constitute a personal index to the self's values and concerns, to its moral and social resources.
The paralysis, the silence, the ambivalence of embarrassment is thick in the air.
But embarrassment's structure also contains a crucial tension mirroring Rousseau's discontent.