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    Guilty person behaves unnaturally

    We have a saying in Polish, 'na złodzieju czapka gore' meaning that a person who has committed a crime is on tenterhooks, perhaps even paranoid, self-conscious. I could not find any adequate English counterpart. Is there one?

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    Re: Guilty person behaves unnaturally

    I can't think of anything that would specifically convey that the person's actions indicate their guilt but we do say that someone has a "guilty conscience". Depending on the severity of it, it might affect their actions.
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    Re: Guilty person behaves unnaturally

    We can say that a person looks guilty, which means they cannot really hide it. However, we don't think that this is a universal characteristic- someone with a poker face could not show any guilt.

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    Re: Guilty person behaves unnaturally

    Their actions/behavior may "betray their guilt."

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    Re: Guilty person behaves unnaturally

    Writers often employ an adverb to convey a similar idea: Huck shuffled guiltily as Aunt Polly glared at him.
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