A: Is the award ceremony going to be televised? Do you think they’ll do a close-up of your faces when your names are announced, and at the moment they declare the winner?
B: I hadn’t thought of that! How mortifying. I suppose I have to practice feigning surprise or looking pleased for the other team if we don’t win.
A: You’ll be fine. Just act natural, and make sure you don’t eat the dessert until after your category has been announced.
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B: Why? Because I need to wait to see whether I should eat the cake to celebrate or to console myself if I lose?
A: No, because you’re a messy eater, and you don’t want chocolate mousse all over your face when they zoom in.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯）
This means “causing great embarrassment or shame.” It is usually reserved for extreme situations, but can also be used as an exaggeration for comic effect.
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