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hang (one's) head

Literally, to lower one's head in shame or embarrassment. Don't hang your head over this loss—you ran an excellent race.
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hang one's head

Express shame or contrition. For example, No need to hang your head-you've done the best you can. [c. 1200]
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hang your head

If someone hangs their head, they look ashamed. Do not hang your heads, as we are all very proud of you. Note: People sometimes use the longer expression hang your head in shame. You should hang your head in shame for being so mean.
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hang your ˈhead (in/for ˈshame)

look or feel embarrassed or ashamed: When I think of how I behaved, I have to hang my head in shame.The thief hung his head as he was led away by the police. OPPOSITE: hold your head up (high)
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Whoever made the decisions at the BBC and BT Sport should hang their heads in shame," Lawn said.
Government should hang their heads in shame, along with Atos.
The Labour and Tory governments should hang their heads in shame.
This Government and the opposition parties should hang their heads in shame.
Councillors and planners should forever hang their heads in shame.
This smug Government should hang their heads in shame.
The people who did this should hang their heads in shame and I hope someone has the decency to name and shame them.
PARALYMPIC chiefs should hang their heads in shame after banning Irish soccer player Derek Malone from competing in Beijing.
The people who dropped the litter want to hang their heads in shame.
That sentence alone should be enough for Gordon Brown and his Cabinet to hang their heads in shame.
Lingfield Park's management should hang their heads in shame.
Because the Clippers haven't been in the playoffs in nine seasons, it could be natural for them to simply be happy to get in and not hang their heads if they lose in the first round.
At Commons question time, work and pensions select committee member Andrew Mitchell (Con, Sutton Coldfield) said: 'When these Ministers meet why don't they hang their heads in shame at the dreadful effects of their policies?
Roses often hang their heads shortly after you get them.
Fetter, other top executives and the Tenet Board of Directors to hang their heads in shame.