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    #1

    live under somebody's stairs?

    When you really feel ashamed of something, you would say "I'd like to hide in a rat's hole" in Korean.
    In the following, does live under somebody's stairs mean "I'm so ashamed of something"? It is translated to "I'd like to hide in a rat's hole" in Korean. Now, he is teased by his friend for having divorced three times. Is it an idiom?
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    387086 - Can you just lay off, please?
    389622 - My life is an embarrassment. I should
    389622 - just go live under somebody's stairs

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    #2

    Re: live under somebody's stairs?

    Where I'm from, the saying "crawl into a hole" is more common.

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    #3

    Re: live under somebody's stairs?

    I am not a teacher.

    It is not a fixed expression.

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    Re: live under somebody's stairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    It is not a fixed expression.
    Who are you responding to, and what does "It is not a fixed expression" refer to?

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    Re: live under somebody's stairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Who are you responding to, and what does "It is not a fixed expression" refer to?
    I am not a teacher.

    Yo, Soup. You've been saving me a lot of typing around here lately.

    I was responding to the OP's question whether it is an idiom. I would quote a former response if I was responding to that. I don't call things "an idiom" myself, so I called it a fixed expression. What I meant was if you say "I might as well live under somebody's stairs" expecting to be understood as "I am really ashamed", you will have failed in communication.

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    Re: live under somebody's stairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    Yo, Soup. You've been saving me a lot of typing around here lately.

    I was responding to the OP's question whether it is an idiom. I would quote a former response if I was responding to that. I don't call things "an idiom" myself, so I called it a fixed expression. What I meant was if you say "I might as well live under somebody's stairs" expecting to be understood as "I am really ashamed", you will have failed in communication.
    Yo! Whaddya say in the good 'ol US of A, hide in a rat's hole, crawl in a hole, or something else?

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    Re: live under somebody's stairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Yo! Whaddya say in the good 'ol US of A, hide in a rat's hole, crawl in a hole, or something else?
    I am not a teacher.

    Wow. You got the lingo down purdy good.

    "I could have crawled in a hole" is good. "I wanted to die" seems a bit extreme when you see it in black and white. "I could have just died" is a tad Valley Girl for a man like me. I have felt two inches tall before.

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