hide one's face

hide one's face

Also, hide one's head. Feel shame or embarrassment. For example, You needn't hide your face-you're not to blame, or Whenever the teacher singled her out for something, shy little Mary hid her head. This idiom alludes to the gesture indicative of these feelings. [Late 1500s]
See also: face, hide
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Why begin the year with the burden of having decided a few things, only to breach them before the Sun rose the next day and hide one's face from oneself for the balance 51 weeks?