Definition of put someone to shame in English:

put someone to shame


  • Disgrace or embarrass someone by outdoing or surpassing them.

    ‘she puts me to shame, she's so capable’
    • ‘Prague has a public transport system that puts London to shame.’
    • ‘With hands on their hips they thrust their pelvises, putting Elvis to shame.’
    • ‘But she certainly puts us to shame at dinner times.’
    • ‘He is putting Hitler to shame by his cold-blooded savagery.’
    • ‘And at least Italians are passionate enough to vote: a turnout of around 80 per cent puts us to shame.’
    • ‘When it comes to electoral excitement, the city of champions definitely puts Calgary to shame.’
    • ‘My two-year old godson puts me to shame - he's so much more co-ordinated than me.’
    • ‘He shines like sunlight during my darkest times, putting DeBeers to shame.’
    • ‘I tend to think of myself as a fairly well-read and knowledgeable fellow, but Lex puts me to shame, with his vast library and conversational skills.’
    • ‘This new democracy puts Australia to shame in showing how little real accountability there is under our system with Government appointments to key positions.’
    outshine, outclass, overshadow, eclipse, surpass, excel, be superior to, outstrip, outdo, put in the shade, upstage, leave behind
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