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  1. tanerbadur
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    Question Shame for a refusor is more than an appealer

    Dear All,
    I would like to learn of an idiom or phrase that would match the following situation:Asking for something or making an appeal is not easy and may make a person ashamed,however,refusing or rejecting an appeal is even more full of shame and thus will make your face look red.
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Best regards,

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    Re: Shame for a refusor is more than an appealer

    Quote Originally Posted by tanerbadur View Post
    Dear All,
    I would like to learn of an idiom or phrase that would match the following situation:Asking for something or making an appeal is not easy and may make a person ashamed,however,refusing or rejecting an appeal is even more full of shame and thus will make your face look red.
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Best regards,
    Hi,
    I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but some years ago one often saw, in shops in the UK, a notice which said, "Please do not ask for credit, as a refusal often offends." Implying that the shopkeeper wanted to avoid being asked (for credit), so as to spare him/herself the embarrassement of refusing. As well as not wishing to offend his/her customers.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 09-Jun-2008 at 09:42. Reason: typo

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