make an exhibition of (oneself)

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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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I saw you with my own eyes making an exhibition of yourself with a horrible creature in salmon-pink.
From this they immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was I, their beloved companion, who was making an exhibition of himself, and their delight knew no bounds.
However, Ross isn't best pleased that his love interest is making an exhibition of herself and tries to talk sense into her.
But it wasn't all bad, the celebs won 300 dingo dollars for making an exhibition of themselves.
w Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is making an exhibition of himself in Birmingham, and there's a lot of satisfaction to be had.
it's just hit me that most people dread the thought of making an exhibition of themselves in public, while I've chosen to do that every night on stage.
There are 10 chapters: introduction; opening Day--a city on display; timekeepers of progress; making an exhibition of ourselves; aenot grit enoughAE?
As a guide on what to watch for when reading any of the editions currently available, she discusses making an exhibition of oneself: the preface, show and tell: the reader within the diary, on display: the details of dress, and living on: forms of cultural afterlife.
A KINGS Heath woman is making an exhibition of herself today.
But I don't think the problem of regionalism precludes the possibility of making an exhibition of works by Flemish artists.
Quiz nights, darts, dominoes, and customers making an exhibition of themselves holding a microphone have done nothing to help the plight of failing pubs.
An injury which could lead to the FA paying a compensation bill even bigger than the fee they earn for making an exhibition of themselves in Qatar.
Making an Exhibition of Yourself, a pre-event workshop in Machynlleth tomorrow, will give exhibitors an insight into the most effective ways of marketing themselves,and how to network.
I know I'm making an exhibition of myself, but it winds me up even more.
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