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 their pets' litter. 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 puts 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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They were put to shame by the Boston Globe, which carried several outstanding stories on GATT by Mitch Zuckoff in the months before Congress voted--when it mattered.
Playboy praised Hard Case Crime's "lost masterpieces," writing "They put to shame the work of modern mystery writers whose plots rely on cell phones and terrorists.
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.
She put to shame some brain-washed mothers who publicly praised their killed sons or daughters who murdered charitable innocent people in the same of some religion.
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.
London, Oct 13 ( ANI ): Jennifer Aniston's giant diamond engagement ring has been put to shame by the four-hundred-year-old Archduke Joseph diamond, which is expected to sell for 15 million dollars at an auction on November 13 in Geneva.
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.
An onlooker said: "He put to shame men on the beach half his age.
It has already drawn quite the attention from people and I'm hoping we put to shame all the other cars and Ferarris in Monaco.
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.
He said: "The standard this year is the highest yet and many of the performers put to shame acts who get to the X Factor live finals.