hang one's head

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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]
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.
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People wrote that my failure to appreciate Rocca's humor was "tragic" and "stupid" and "sobering." It was a "betrayal," an "ignorance," an actual "breach of faith" that made the entire editorial staff look like "fools." "Shame" on behalf of all lighthearted liberals was invoked, as in having to hang one's head while the right wing laughs at such lockjawed Stalinist stoniness.