blush


to turn red in the face from embarrassment

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“The airports of the future could identify potential terrorists by using a lie detector that spots concealed BLUSHING with a super-sensitive thermal imaging camera.”

BBC News

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blush
verb

- become red in the face through shyness or embarrassment

Compact English Oxford Dictionary


WORD ORIGIN

The meaning of this word has a long and complicated history. Blush can be traced back to around 1350 when the Middle English words blissen/blishen meant to glance, look or stare at. The sense of a reddening or a rosy colour of the face was first recorded at the end of the 16th century.


QUOTABLE QUOTE

“Man is the only animal that BLUSHES. Or needs to.”

Mark Twain


SYNONYMS

BLUSH, go beetroot, go pink, go red in the face, grow scarlet, feel ashamed, feel embarrassed, feel sheepish, turn crimson


PRACTICE OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“The waiter BLUSHED after spilling wine on to my jacket."


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