spare someone's blushes

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spare someone's blushes

British, informal
: to prevent someone from being embarrassed
  • The manager spoke for his young employee in order to spare her blushes.

Word by Word Definitions

spare play
  1. : to forbear to destroy, punish, or harm

  2. : to refrain from attacking or reprimanding with necessary or salutary severity

  3. : to relieve of the necessity of doing or undergoing something

  1. : not being used

  2. : being over and above what is needed : superfluous

  3. : not liberal or profuse : sparing

  1. : a spare tire

  2. : a duplicate (such as a key or a machine part) kept in reserve

  3. : the knocking down of all 10 pins with the first 2 balls in a frame in bowling

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

blush play blushes
  1. : outward appearance : view

  2. : a reddening of the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion

  3. : a red or rosy tint

  1. : to become red in the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion

  2. : to feel shame or embarrassment

  3. : to have a rosy or fresh color : bloom


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