not know where to put (oneself)

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not know where to put (oneself)

To feel particularly awkward, uncomfortable, or embarrassed. My father-in-law's speech was so cringeworthy that I didn't know where to put myself.
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not know where to put yourself

feel deeply embarrassed. informal
1986 Robert Sproat Stunning the Punters He was begging and pleading with me…with tears rolling down his cheeks so I didn't know where to put myself.
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As it is I do not know where to put my treasure, and I cannot leave it here for fear somebody else should get hold of it.
When he took it home he did not know where to put it.
It is about time politicians listened to the majority of people in Blaenau not the crowd around the table: if the politicians don't help us, you know where to put your cross next election.
Know this about the Breeders' Cup: To people inside the sport, it's the real highlight of the season, no matter that the man on the street doesn't understand why there are eight races and the average sportswriter wouldn't know where to put the apostrophe.
EMBARRASSED Stewart Boswell didn't know where to put himself during his first qualifying round game at this week's Dunlop British Open in Manchester.
There are two different Avenger seats and you need to know which one you have in order to know where to put your foot when you climb in the turret.
That means we know where to put the right 'holes' or 'bubbles' inside a structure to make it both lighter and stronger.
You never know where to put your expectations, but this definitely exceeded them,'' said David Gale, MTV Films' executive vice president.
Oh, the computer had placed the charge on my credit card, but it missed the first two digits of my EFT, so it didn't know where to put the money it had received.
When (Alicia) plays like that, I don't know where to put Bibi,'' USC coach Mick Haley said.
Everything: Valencia's Brian Fusilier is so athletic that coach Brian Stiman doesn't know where to put him.
Last year, we were half empty, this year we don't know where to put all the cars,'' said Myra Marley, claims manager for Wally Park.
But if you tell a 15-year-old kid to throw high and tight at somebody he's not going to know where to put it.
Even in an All-Star game I know where he's gonna be and I know where to put the ball.
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