make an exhibition of oneself

Show off or otherwise embarrass oneself in public, as in When Mike has too much to drink he's apt to make an exhibition of himself. The first recorded use of this term was in Charles Dickens's A Child's History of England (1853).


Nearby words

  1. make an appointment,
  2. make an ass of,
  3. make an end of,
  4. make an example of,
  5. make an exception,
  6. make an impression,
  7. make arrangements for,
  8. make as if,
  9. make away,
  10. make away with

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