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.
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.
See also: hang, head
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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There is no place in our community for such despicable tactics and the author should hang their head in shame.
In response to Phil Dawson (Letters, May 27), we posties think that it should be you bank workers who should hang their head in shame.
Patrick Finn, 43, of Milwaukee, said: "The makers should hang their heads in shame."
"The girls can't hang their heads. They're going for third place.
In messages posted on the social media, Khan stated: 'Today all PML-N members of the NA should hang their heads in shame for making a farce out of our democracy .' 'They opposed an amendment to the election law, simply to allow NS [Nawaz Sharif] to remain as head of PML-N despite being disqualified from membership of parliament under the Constitution,' the PTI chief wrote.
ACCRINGTON chairman Andy Holt was spot on when he told the Premier League to hang their heads in shame and called them "an absolute disgrace to English football" before claiming Football League clubs were like "a starving peasant begging for scraps" from the top flight.
SUNDERLAND players will not embark on a lap of honour after today's final home game - with boss David Moyes admitting the Black Cats feel they should 'hang their heads in shame' after being relegated.
BRADFORD'S joint chairman Mark Lawn said TV bosses should "hang their heads in shame" after choosing not to broadcast the club's next FA Cup tie live on television.
But union leaders have slammed Barclays, claiming they should 'hang their heads in shame' as the move will lead to 1,000 job losses.
The Labour and Tory governments should hang their heads in shame.
Mr McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, said Mr Johnson and the Government "should hang their heads in shame".
Mr McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, said ministers should "hang their heads in shame" for the decision and warned her son could be extradited by Christmas if a judicial review was not granted.
This Government and the opposition parties should hang their heads in shame.
Councillors and planners should forever hang their heads in shame.