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English definition of “the earth/ground/floor opens”

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the earth/ground/floor opens

You say that you wish the earth/floor/ground would open (up) if you are so embarrassed that you want suddenly to disappear: At that moment the boss walked in and I just wanted the ground to open up and swallow me.
Translations of “the earth/ground/floor opens”
in Chinese (Traditional) (指尷尬得希望)地面裂開(使自己消失)…
in Chinese (Simplified) (指尴尬得希望)地面裂开(使自己消失)…
(Definition of the earth/ground/floor opens from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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