Definition of red-faced in US English:



  • (of a person) having a red face, especially as a result of exertion, embarrassment, or shame.

    ‘Steve was left red-faced when a fan tried to rip his pants off’
    • ‘I returned to the kitchen red-faced and so angry my hands shook as I put the groceries away.’
    • ‘He came over to me, red-faced, explained what had happened, apologised profusely, and went to fetch his manager.’
    • ‘A red-faced Mr Rose, 48, admitted there had been a mix-up and that he felt embarrassed about the situation.’
    • ‘The slightly red-faced compère lifted one glamorous rose after another and grinned for the cameras.’
    • ‘Television cameras exposed the errors, viewers were aghast and the sport's officials were left red-faced.’
    • ‘We were surrounded by hungry, sweaty, red-faced men finishing their lunch, not very reassuring.’
    • ‘A few minutes later he returned, red-faced, to check which wine I had ordered.’
    • ‘As many as 4,000 of the 100,000 calls made each year are from red-faced motorists who left the keys in their cars.’
    • ‘When he returned, red-faced, he reported that she had done the same thing to him.’
    • ‘The incidents left officials at both airlines red-faced in issuing apologies.’
    • ‘Each time he'd forget the sequence and need to be reminded; each time it left him red-faced and tired.’
    • ‘I'm totally impressed by the level of skill that's required and am red-faced at my lack of knowledge prior to Saturday.’
    • ‘A red-faced couple were forced to drive to Hadleigh fire station after the handcuffs they had put on got stuck.’
    • ‘Police chiefs were red-faced yesterday after their road safety trailer rolled backwards down a hill and smashed into a shop.’
    • ‘The red-faced youth quickly dug into his pocket much to the amusement of the conductor.’
    • ‘Royal Mail bosses were left red-faced after two letters apologising about a customer's missing mail were lost in the post.’
    • ‘A red-faced dad accidentally threw away his wife's family heirlooms and found them after hours rummaging through a rubbish dump!’
    • ‘That was Thomas, I realised, looking over the plump, red-faced infant spread out uncomfortably all over my chair.’
    • ‘Sarah has emptied a bucket of blocks in front of the television and Ruth is on her back on the floor, red-faced, screaming.’
    • ‘A stranger may appear from nowhere to embrace you, leaving you red-faced.’
    awkward, self-conscious, uneasy, uncomfortable, unsettled, sheepish, blushing, shy
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/ˈˌrɛd ˈfeɪst//ˈˌred ˈfāst/