put to shame

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put (someone or something) to shame

1. To disgrace, embarrass, or shame someone or something. The neighborhood is going to start putting people to shame who don't pick up after their pets. These giant banks were all culpable for the economic crash, and I think we should put them to shame for it.
2. To outclass, outshine, or outperform someone or something. I thought I was a pretty good tennis player, but you put me to shame! The fledgling technology company's debut smartphone puts the rest of the competition to shame.
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put someone to shame

1. to embarrass someone; to make someone ashamed. I put him to shame by telling everyone about his bad behavior.
2. to show someone up. Your excellent efforts put us all to shame.
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put to shame

Outdo, eclipse, as in Jane's immaculate kitchen puts mine to shame. This idiom modifies the literal sense of put to shame, that is, "disgrace someone," to the much milder "cause to feel inferior." [Mid-1800s]
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put somebody/something to ˈshame

be much better than somebody/something: This new stereo puts our old one to shame.

put to shame

1. To cause to feel shame.
2. To outdo thoroughly; surpass: Your kindness has put the rest of us to shame.
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'After reviewing it, I evaluated the BN manifesto as the best and managed to put to shame the PH (Pakatan Harapan) manifesto.
Under no circumstances should their wards be put to shame. It is unfair.
To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.'
"They put to shame our governments, who wring their hands in false sympathy, while continuing to obstruct the refugees at the borders, prolong their ordeal in detention centres, and prevent them establishing normal secure lives by withholding civil rights and means of support.
Other cities Coventry put to shame included Rome, Lagos and Algiers.
Ramadoss said both these were ignorant and foolish utterances without any scientific basis and said the Centre should stop it "as the country should not be put to shame." He noted that globally acclaimed institutions, including the Indian Council of Medical Research, had done hundreds of studies linking tobacco use to not just cancer, but to diseases related to kidney, lungs and brain as well.
Put to shame yet again by Germans FURTHER to last week's column regarding the structural issues that hamper the development of English football, one People Sport reader was moved to point out the licensing system that clubs in Germany must sign up to.
The country's grocery giants were put to shame by discount chains who continued to gobble up business, industry expert Kantar revealed.
The country's grocery giants were put to shame by discount chains which continued to gobble up business, industry expert Kantar revealed.
I often got put to shame by the others in the movie.
In the history of the game, his country was put to shame.
Delightful The Leicester pack will wonder how they lost the game when they had so much the better of the forward contest but the Tigers' backs were put to shame by the impressive counter-attacking efforts of their counterparts, who scored two delightful tries from scraps of possession.
1 Corinthians 1 encourages us: "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty ...
Phillips believes Nadal has put to shame the players who specialise on clay but each year dodge the grass court season and Wimbledon, in particular.
By organising a transparent election within the party, Plaid put to shame those who are happy to carry on in the old, unsatisfactory ways.