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feel guilty

To feel ashamed and remorseful about something. Thanks for being so nice about everything, but I still feel guilty about interrupting your date. I know Jen pretty well, and I think she feels guilty about upsetting you.
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feel guilty (about something)

to feel that one is to blame for something; to feel intense regret for something that one has done. I feel guilty for forgetting about your birthday. You shouldn't feel guilty about the accident. It's not your fault.
See also: feel, guilty
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He felt guilty and unhappy about her for a time, but after Winifred promised to marry him he really forgot Hilda altogether.
Red patches appeared on Princess Mary's face and she was silent as if she felt guilty.
I felt guilty of sin, yet smarted with a sense of injustice.
No, they won't accept it, they certainly won't, because they found the jewel-case and the man tried to hang himself, 'which he could not have done if he hadn't felt guilty.' That's the point, that's what excites me, you must understand!"
Freely admired her, and she felt sure that it was he who had sent her a beautiful valentine; but her sister seemed to think so lightly of him (all young ladies think lightly of the gentlemen to whom they are not engaged), that Penny never dared mention him, and trembled and blushed whenever they met him, thinking of the valentine, which was very strong in its expressions, and which she felt guilty of knowing by heart.
Dear, dear, to think how much time we passed alone together afterwards, and how often I repeated to the doll the story of my birthday and confided to her that I would try as hard as ever I could to repair the fault I had been born with (of which I confessedly felt guilty and yet innocent) and would strive as I grew up to be industrious, contented, and kind-hearted and to do some good to some one, and win some love to myself if I could.
LUCY Kennedy felt guilty during her maternity leave because she "couldn't afford the luxuries" she wanted for her kids.
When news of his illness emerged, his wife and fellow Willenhall South councillor, Diane Coughlan, said she felt guilty over his illness.
Alves shared he felt guilty for months for not replying to his dad's last message and had a difficult time forgiving himself.
Her hair was part of her identity, but I know she also felt guilty and vain for worrying about it.
Her hair was part of her identity but I know she also felt guilty for worrying about it.
When they looked sadly at the front door when I left for work, reaching out their hands for me to come back, I felt guilty.
London, Apr.19 ( ANI ): Uma Thurman has revealed that she is happy to be a mother in her 40's as she was more mature now and she no longer felt guilty about being a working mum.
One in ten women said they felt guilty all the time about the amount of carbohydrates they ate while about a quarter said they would avoid them in the week to allow themselves to indulge at the weekend.