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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.
See also: hang, head
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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]
See also: hang, head
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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)
See also: hang, head
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Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya should at the very least hang his head in shame, Senator Serge Osmena III said on Friday.
Leo Varadkar should hang his head in shame after seeing how Adam Doyle was forced to go public about his son's condition and travel to the North on Christmas Day for vital equipment to feed him and keep him alive.
Connors could only hang his head as he watched his student unravel against the American teenager and yesterday Sharapova said the pairing had not been "the right fit for this time in my career".
Skinny Piglet, Oxford Hang your head Any bookmaker who keeps the punters' stake money over Regal Approval should hang his head in shame.
GORDON Brown should hang his head in shame and heads should roll at the still-not-fit-for-purpose home/immigration office.
If he won't consider lifting the ban on Claire he should hang his head in shame.
The second to hang his head and go should be the ever-present deputy leader of the council with his announcement of the grant towards restoring Greenhead Park to its former glory; or do we see between the lines some council ideas of what they think its glory should be?
He should hang his head in shame as these veterans gave everything and more so the likes of him could carve up a democratic political future for himself and his cronies.
Overstaffing is counterproductive and does nothing for patients." Furious Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie hit back: "He should hang his head in shame."
Former England centre Jeremy Guscott, a hero of the last tour the Lions won when they overcame the Springboks in 1997, claimed that O'Gara should "hang his head in shame" after conceding a last minute penalty that allowed the South Africans to earn a second successive victory.
HE may be the world's best goalkeeper but Petr Cech could only hang his head in shame last night as he sent the Czechs crashing out of Euro 2008.
She said: "The man's a disgrace and should hang his head in shame.