place in an awkward position

place (one) in an awkward position

To cause one to be in a situation or scenario that could prove to be embarrassing or damaging to one's reputation, career, relationship with someone else, etc. Because I'm good friends with both Jack and Jenny, their breakup places me in a really awkward position. I hope you realize that it will place us in an awkward position if you decide to leave the company right now.
See also: awkward, place, position
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place someone in an awkward position

Fig. to put someone in an embarrassing or delicate situation. Your decision places me in an awkward position. I'm afraid I have put myself in sort of an awkward position.
See also: awkward, place, position
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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