One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An action or situation that causes embarrassment.‘it was a shame job in those days to have two children before you were married’
- ‘The local young fellows call it a shame job in that he was humiliated and made to feel contrition.’
- ‘The Government doesn't want this shame job to continue, and the industry is desperate for these proposals to go ahead.’
- ‘We had a certain standard to aspire to and it would've been a shame job if we couldn't achieve it’
- ‘To some it doesn't matter; to others it's a shame job.’
- ‘A climate can be created in which achievement is regarded as a 'shame job.'’
- ‘To fail in his rehabilitation efforts would be to disappoint his boss, and Freddie's pride would not permit it. It would be a 'shame job'.’
- ‘This has been a vindictive action by certain people and it is a huge shame job on those people.’
- ‘Our clients will often not want anyone present because it is a shame job.’
1970s (originally Aboriginal English): from shame (in the adjective sense ‘self-conscious, embarrassed’) + job.
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