in an embarrassed or bashful fashion: She sheepishly glanced around, hoping no one had noticed.
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How to use sheepishly in a sentence
Cruz was forced to sheepishly return to the “greatest country in the world,” as he reflexively described it when trying to spin his short vacation to reporters.Cruz had more Republican cover trying to undermine the 2020 election than he did going on vacation | Philip Bump | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
In her speech on Thursday, she sheepishly reeled back her embrace of inaccuracy to the one that the party itself broadly accepts.Greene brings her embrace of false claims back to levels acceptable for her caucus | Philip Bump | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
So we decided to speak to several of them, some of whom sheepishly admitted their good fortune in a time of widespread loss, managing to keep their jobs and stay together with their partners.What “baby bust”? New and soon-to-be parents on choosing to have kids in dark times | Chris Chafin | February 1, 2021 | Vox
When asked what he’d done since getting the feedback about reducing uncertainty, “I accidentally added more,” he said, a bit sheepishly.The Hard Lessons of Modeling the Coronavirus Pandemic | Jordana Cepelewicz | January 28, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
But, sheepishly, we were hoping it would occur when they were a little older and, perhaps, wiser — and, quite frankly, not living at home.Teen romance in the age of covid: What parents need to know | Elizabeth Heubeck | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
“You are welcome to talk with the students—but off campus,” he smiles sheepishly.
They included Lupoi, who looked sheepishly glum as he nodded to a woman who is apparently his wife amongst the spectators.
Prosecutor Richard Mantei rolled his eyes and grinned sheepishly.Zimmerman Trial Gets Punked—and ‘Stand Your Ground’ Takes Center Stage | Jacqui Goddard | July 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
One afternoon he noticed me sheepishly looking at the screen.How Peter Worthington Taught His Grandson to Love Baseball | David Frum | May 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Avoid if possible; the phrase “[x] was caught lying and sheepishly acknowledged it” is preferable.
Now and then there was a cheer, and some young fellow sheepishly offered himself.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
They sat either scowling or grinning sheepishly while the new witnesses were being awaited.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
Hal's eyes roved from face to face, his men grinning back sheepishly at him.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
He stared about him sheepishly, bewildered and abashed, and unspeakably aggrieved.Earth's Enigmas | Charles G. D. Roberts
The boys came rather sheepishly to see him off; but he would make no show of relenting.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine