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    Question an odd situation

    Hi,

    What would be an idiom to express an odd/uncomfortable situation.
    How could this phrase be said on a very colloquial way?
    "I didn't go because I didn't want to create an odd situation".
    Thanks ever so much.

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    Re: an odd situation

    I didn't want it to be awkward.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Julianete View Post
    Hi,

    What would be an idiom to express an odd/uncomfortable situation.
    How could this phrase be said on a very colloquial way?
    "I didn't go because I didn't want to create an odd situation".
    Thanks ever so much.
    Well, awkward is a synonym rather than an idiom so I'm not sure that answers your question...I've been scouring my brain trying to think of an idiom for this and the closest I can get to is 'feeling like a fish out of water' meaning to feel out of place or uncomfortable in a particular situation.

    SO, I didn't go because I felt like a fish out of water.

    Of course you can make up idioms to suit situations, which people often do.

    I'm sure there are others for this, and will keep an eye on the thread to see what others might come up with

    Boa sorte


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    Re: an odd situation

    I think that "to feel like a fish out of water" describes how the person felt about the situation, but what I'm looking for is a colloquial expression/idiom that the person didn't want to create an odd/awkward situation. In Portuguese we'd say "não quis criar um clima". Thanks anyway.


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    Re: an odd situation

    Yes, but I'm looking for a more colloquial way of saying it. Thanks, anyway.


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    Re: an odd situation

    Quote Originally Posted by Julianete View Post
    Hi,

    What would be an idiom to express an odd/uncomfortable situation.
    How could this phrase be said on a very colloquial way?
    "I didn't go because I didn't want to create an odd situation".
    Thanks ever so much.
    To do this, I think it's necessary to adjust the grammar. Vocabulary affects grammar.

    You know I just decided not to go because it would've been a really screwy situation.

    The word "screwy" is slang, and it might be mildly offensive to some people. Use it with friends in an informal or casual setting. If you have American friends to speak English with, and they're not in the least bit prudish, you can safely use this word. Just be sure you know who you are talking to and you understand them - and that the time and place are appropriate.

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    prudish: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    prude: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

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    Re: an odd situation

    Quote Originally Posted by Julianete View Post
    Hi,

    What would be an idiom to express an odd/uncomfortable situation.
    How could this phrase be said on a very colloquial way?
    "I didn't go because I didn't want to create an odd situation".
    Thanks ever so much.
    It would depend on the situation, the reasons why the person would be likely to create an awkward situation.
    "I didn't want to be a spectre at the feast" is a possibility, for a certain type of situation.


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    a spectre at the feast
    This is a very interesting phrase, though I'm not sure of exactly how sanguine I am about its colloquialness.

    Spock out.

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    Or, I didn't want to be a third wheel.

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    the extra guy? third wheel? eleventh toe? third nipple?

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