hide (one's) face

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hide (one's) face

To lower one's head or cover one's face, typically due to embarrassment or shame. Michael showed me exactly who had broken my vase when he hid his face in response to my question. I totally forgot to do my homework, so all I could do was hide my face as my teacher collected it from everyone else.
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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
References in classic literature ?
"Beloved and respected as you are, there may be whispers that you hide your face under the consciousness of secret sin.
"Now you go into that corner and hide your face, while I reach it out," he added, as he locked the bedroom door behind them.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams announced the new public policy Tuesday, telling protesters in part, "If you are a member of a group that causes you to have to hide your face, then you probably need a different cause." Many of those who were concealing their faces Tuesday were carrying guns, which is completely legal in Ohio, where an open carry law allows licensed citizens the right to brandish firearms in public.
Unless you prefer to hide your face in the sand like the ostrich.
"And if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hide your face, people!" Hide your face!" she said.
Your hair should never hide your face or be distracting to the viewer.
YOU can hide your face Britney Spears, but you're well and truly busted!
Don't cover your mouth or hide your face. When you laugh, throw back your head and laugh with abandon.
And like if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hide your face, people.