wish the ground would open up and swallow (one)

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wish the ground would open up and swallow (one)

To wish one could escape or find instant relief from some source of mortification or extreme embarrassment. Hershel just asked me out in the middle of class in front of everyone. I wish the ground would open up and swallow me. After my presentation, he realized his fly had been down the whole time, and he wished the ground would open up and swallow him whole.
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