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make an exhibition of (oneself)

To do something that makes one the center of attention, and perhaps makes one look foolish. Please try not to make an exhibition of yourself at the gala. Just read your prepared lines. Vicky is always making an exhibition of herself in the cafeteria by singing along to whatever is playing in her headphones.
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make an exhibition of

oneself to show off; to try to get a lot of attention for oneself. She is not just dancing, she is making an exhibition of herself. Whenever Rudy drinks, he makes an exhibition of himself.
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make an exhibition of oneself

Show off or otherwise embarrass oneself in public, as in When Mike has too much to drink he's apt to make an exhibition of himself. The first recorded use of this term was in Charles Dickens's A Child's History of England (1853).
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make an exhibition of yourself

behave in a very foolish or ill-judged way in public.
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make an exhiˈbition of yourself

(disapproving) behave in a stupid or an embarrassing way that makes people notice you: She got angry and made a real exhibition of herself at the party.
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The growth of the global exhibition market could be attributed to various reasons with growth coming from emerging markets as the main driving force.
Compared with the annual hundred billion USD convention and exhibition market in the world, Chinese annual convention and exhibition industry with over two billion USD scale has a large development space.
I am convinced that we are now better placed than ever to deliver an industry-defining exhibition in this fast-growing sector.
TechNavio's analysts forecast Global Exhibition Organizing market will grow at a CAGR of 5.
City of Culture: New Architecture for the Arts," an exhibition presented by the Center for Architecture and the Alliance for the Arts, charts the extraordinary growth of New York's vibrant cultural landscape, and celebrates the excellence and diversity of architectural design that is helping to transform New York City into a global architectural capital.
1 "ACCUMULATED VISION, BARRY LE VA" (INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, PHILADELPHIA) For me, the past year's most awaited, most revealing, and most beautifully executed exhibition was this miniretrospective organized by Ingrid Schaffner (who deserves her own high ranking on some roster for the string of exhibitions she has curated over the years).
25-Jan 4 2014: Specialised Watches Exhibition, Kuwait International Fairs Ground, Mishref, Kuwait.
28) joining the marketing committee of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, the world's largest exhibition organization, to become the committee's second Asian member.
Al Fajer Information & Service, Arab-Plast 2007, 8th Arab International Plastics & Rubber Industry Trade Show, Dubai International Exhibition Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Messe Dusseldorf North America (312) 781-5180 or www.
It was the first Rodin exhibit to come to Calgary, and Glenbow Museum was the first Canadian venue for the exhibition on its North American tour.
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, with the support of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has unveiled a photography exhibition that captures the enormity of the loss that occurred at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 as well as the emotion and response felt in the wake of the events.
That's why he's so excited about the museum's upcoming exhibition that stars lizards.
All around the semi-circular walls of the church, the museum panels of the Exhibition formed an elegant arc.
GRIFFIN: You're forcing me to ask my fifth question first: Why does your exhibition feature so many artists whose practices involve adopting guises?
China's largest pharmaceutical company and Reed Exhibitions (Norwalk, CT), the world's leading exhibition organizer, have agreed on a major joint venture in the Chinese exhibition industry.