Out of countenance


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

See also: Countenance

References in classic literature ?
She came up to me, claimed me as an acquaintance, stared me out of countenance; and talked and laughed till I did not know which way to look.
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.