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    What verb can be used for this situation, please?

    Hi,

    In an episode (from 'My Family') two boys are keen on the same girl at a party. They obviously try to make each other look stupid and make the girl show less interest by saying the other one's a gay or things like that. Is there any phrasal verb, or simple verb, we can use for what they're doing? (That is, to deliberately 'make a person feel embarrassed'.)


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    Re: What verb can be used for this situation, please?

    Humiliate? Embarrass?
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    Re: What verb can be used for this situation, please?

    Thanks. Yes, I think they'll do. But, since we have some similar informal terms such as 'show somebody up', though with a different meaning, I thought there might be a more informal verb or phrasal verb too. Thanks dear emsr2d2.

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    Re: What verb can be used for this situation, please?

    Consider bad-mouth, and the 'English synonyms' listed on that link.

    Rover

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