One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Behave in a conspicuously foolish way in public.
- ‘At a meeting of the Geological Society the following February he made an exhibition of himself through his intoxication.’
- ‘Mind you, there's lots of free drink about as well and Mrs Mungo is certain to make an exhibition of herself.’
- ‘He can't relate to women unless he's drunk, and he was known for making an exhibition of himself when in his cups.’
- ‘Clearly outplayed over the two legs by Bayern Munich, this did not stop the team's manager making an exhibition of himself near the end of the match.’
- ‘It was more than a little disturbing to find that Scotland's top representative in the Masters has been making an exhibition of himself again.’
- ‘Give them a chance to make an exhibition of themselves and these two never miss the opportunity.’
- ‘When he was young she used to point to the TV where McEnroe was making an exhibition of himself, throwing temper tantrums at Wimbledon.’
- ‘Well, I've always loved dressing up and making an exhibition of myself.’
- ‘His accent is a weird mixture of Robert De Niro and Jimmy Durante, radiating guignol menace and barbaric handsomeness, especially when called upon to make an exhibition of himself as the grotesque civic celebrity he has become.’
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