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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'But we must make a provision for winter, or else we shall suffer from hunger,' said the cat; 'and you, little mouse, cannot venture everywhere, or you will be caught in a trap some day.' The good advice was followed, and a pot of fat was bought, but they did not know where to put it.
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.
The Chief Justice also criticized bullies, whom she described as insecure people who do not know where to put themselves in their lives.
The owners had five stores in a particular location and they wanted to open their sixth; they did not know where to put it.
The final chapter, 'Ronchamp and the Sacred Today', reads rather like a grab bag of (worthy) elements Crippa felt needed including but did not know where to put. She concludes with Le Corbusier reflecting on humanity's need and the social role of rediscovering the links between man (sic) and the cosmos.
Indrani did not know where to put a stop to her greed clocked as ambition in life.
As an example, the President said billions were set aside to buy prefabricated bridges from foreign companies but the Arroyo administration did not know where to put these.
Poon comments on current trends: "As an architect, I can tell that with many of the so-called 'iconic' buildings, they draw you a curve and say, 'hey, that is a living room', and once you are in you do not know where to put your furniture or your bed.
Private clients are "a bit lost" at the moment, Boutron says, "They do not know where to put their money in the current market volatility.
When you're thinking of what to say to someone you want to impress, do you bite your lip, blush and not know where to put yourself?
If I were a betting man, I would honestly not know where to put my money when it comes to predicting the cup winners this season.
It added that 80 per cent of incorrect invoices had happened because drivers did not know where to put toll tags on their windscreens.
A 50-YEAR-old grandfather yesterday accused town hall officials of "bureaucracy gone ballistic" after he was told he could not drive a taxi because he did not know where to put an apostrophe.
They knocked over chairs, they did not know where to put the Balkan lyres and lahutas which they had brought with them, God knows why, most of them groped clumsily at their dinner plates and spilled food on themselves, or else tipped the plates right over.
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