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a red face

A feeling or expression of intense embarrassment. He's going to have a red face once he realizes that he mechanic he yelled at over the phone wasn't the one who worked on his car. I was left with a red face after I accidentally sent that private email to the entire office.
See also: face, red
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a red ˈface

(informal) embarrassment: There are going to be a lot of red faces at the bank when they discover their mistake.
See also: face, red
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'for I remember, as well as if it was only yesterday, employing one that I was particularly recommended to, to make me a scarlet cloak at the time when scarlet cloaks were fashionable, and she had a very red face--a very red face, indeed.'
'I don't know how that may have been,' returned Mrs Nickleby: 'but I know she had a very red face, so your argument goes for nothing.'
"You know very well, Felicity King, that I hated Cyrus Brisk ever since the very first time I saw his big, fat, red face. So there!"
When Cecily had finished and had thrown down the chalk with bitter vehemence, he turned around with a very red face.
The allusion was to the client who had just left--a jovial individual with a red face, who certainly had made Maud giggle a good deal.
Henrietta Watkin was a stout woman, with a red face and dyed hair.
This gentleman had a very red face, as if an undue proportion of the blood in his body were squeezed up into his head; which perhaps accounted for his having also the appearance of being rather cold about the heart.
Macmurdo was lying in bed, reading in Bell's Life an account of that very fight between the Tutbury Pet and the Barking Butcher, which has been before mentioned--a venerable bristly warrior, with a little close-shaved grey head, with a silk nightcap, a red face and nose, and a great dyed moustache.
I guess I gave him a red face for his wedding, all right!' she blazed out indignantly.
He's got a great red face like a leg of mutton, and on his right cheek there's an enormous mole with long hairs growing out of it."
Fred ambled in alone, with a very red face, and then Diana swept in on her father's arm.
The man's purplish red face, his heavy eyelids, the nervous twitchings, all spoke of his addiction to drink.
"One moment, sir," I said, as I realized that it was a pink bald head, and not a red face, which was fronting me.
A grinning red face turned once more into a pink oval, fringed with gingery fluff; the interview was at an end.
His only saving grace was that he entered the ground with a red face.