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toe-curling

adjective uk   /ˈtəʊˌkɜː.lɪŋ/ us    /ˈtoʊˌkɝː-/ UK informal
making you feel extremely embarrassed and ashamed for someone else: I saw the worst comedy act I've ever seen last night - it was absolutely toe-curling!
toe-curlingly
adverb /-li/
UK informal Why are most media interviews so toe-curlingly embarrassing?
Translations of “toe-curling”
in Chinese (Traditional) 令人極其尷尬的, 使人十分害臊的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 令人极其尴尬的, 使人十分害臊的…
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