Out of countenance


Also found in: Idioms.
not bold or assured; confounded; abashed.
- Addison.

See also: Countenance

References in classic literature ?
Whether it were the monarch himself, or some famous British admiral or general, or the governor of the province, or perchance the favorite daughter of the ship-owner, there the image stood above the prow, decked out in gorgeous colors, magnificently gilded, and staring the whole world out of countenance, as if from an innate consciousness of its own superiority.
Though I'm something of a naif - I blush, and am easily put out of countenance - I guess polemically I'm a libertarian, one who holds that looking is a feature of sexual license, and that images can't be made without desire of some kind.