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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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.
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.
She also put to shame the countless people who drove past the incident, some sounding their horns.
TalentStar's Adam Chetter 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.
But when I read Rachel Howells' story on pages six and seven, about the women who have literally turned their lives around in order to reduce their carbon footprint, I admit I was put to shame.
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed still insists that the world's ruling body must not make any political decisions but the Australian lawyer was put to shame by his country's Prime Minister John Howard, who forbade the Baggy Greens to tour Zimbabwe and threatened to withdraw passports if they went.
Depending on which newspaper you prefer, you'll have read either "idle British workers put to shame by eager Eastern Europeans" or "one in three firms have to recruit migrants as they can't find Britons to fill vacant posts".
Has the Middlesbrough public not yet realised that Middlehaven's pathetic multi-coloured plans are being put to shame by Stockton's North Shore plans?
Those writers and commentators who have spent years getting to grips with the inside track of racing politics, and sometimes failed, have been put to shame.
I recall being bundled on to a bus to head to various training venues which are put to shame by what the club now has in place.
They put to shame the so-called martyrs who only had one thought in mind and that was to hate and destroy their fellow earthlings.