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    Colour me sheepish

    Hi all,
    I was wondering about the meaning of this expression: "Colour me sheepish."
    Is it what you say when you admit that you have done something embarrassing? Kind of "Yes, you can laugh at me, I have…"? or "You can make me blush"?

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    Re: Colour me sheepish

    Quote Originally Posted by jiho View Post
    Hi all,
    I was wondering about the meaning of this expression: "Colour me sheepish."
    Hello Jihio,
    Where did you find the expression? Do you have some more context for it?
    Any source?

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    Re: Colour me sheepish

    Quote Originally Posted by jiho View Post
    Hi all,
    I was wondering about the meaning of this expression: "Colour me sheepish."
    Is it what you say when you admit that you have done something embarrassing? Kind of "Yes, you can laugh at me, I have…"? or "You can make me blush"?

    Thanks!
    Sheepish means "embarrassed", especially about a mistake or a fault. The phrase "color me" means "consider me" or "regard me as".

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    Re: Colour me sheepish

    I think it's more natural to use "sheepish" to describe an expression, or "sheepishly" to describe a manner of doing something.

    "They were on top of my head all along," she said sheepishly.
    His sheepish expression spoke to his guilt more than his words.

    I would say "Oops. Color me embarrassed!" instead of "sheepish."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Colour me sheepish

    Honestly, I don't have much of a full context. I read it somewhere long ago.
    Before posting the question, I did a quick search on the net and found several entries that contained it. But I wasn't able to make much sense of it from the context of those entries. You can try it yourselves:

    "colour me sheepish" - Buscar con Google

    Perhaps it is some regional way of saying "colour me embarrassed"…
    Thank you all so much for your inputs!

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