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    Question Any idiom for this please?

    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone could give me the right (British) idiom for this situation. In a slightly formal and awkward situation you drop a clanger in a way that you wish you could vanish in a sec! In Persian we have "I wish the earth had broken off and gulped me in!".

    Can "I wanted to curl up and die!" be used in this case?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone could give me the right (British) idiom for this situation. In a slightly formal and awkward situation you drop a clanger in a way that you wish you could vanish in a sec! In Persian we have "I wish the earth had broken off and gulped me in!".

    Can "I wanted to curl up and die!" be used in this case?

    Many thanks in advance.
    "I wished the ground would open up and swallow me".

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    Question Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I wished the ground would open up and swallow me".



    Hi,
    So many thanks. But, would you please tell me when "I wanted to curl up and die!" is used? Thanks agaim.

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    Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone could give me the right (British) idiom for this situation. In a slightly formal and awkward situation you drop a clanger in a way that you wish you could vanish in a sec! In Persian we have "I wish the earth had broken off and gulped me in!".

    Can "I wanted to curl up and die!" be used in this case?

    Many thanks in advance.
    It certainly can. It's another way of saying you were so embarrassed that even death would be preferable to being perceived as a fool.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Question Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    It certainly can. It's another way of saying you were so embarrassed that even death would be preferable to being perceived as a fool.

    buggles (not a teacher)


    Thanks a lot. I've got what I needed to know. However, I'm more curious about something else now! Is it necessary to curl up before getting to die? What does "curl up" mean in this context? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Any idiom for this please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks a lot. I've got what I needed to know. However, I'm more curious about something else now! Is it necessary to curl up before getting to die? What does "curl up" mean in this context? Thanks in advance.
    Not exactly certain, but I think it's a kind of reference to how leaves curl up before they die, if you forget to water a plant.

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