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.
See also: face, hide
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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
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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I am unable to express my grief because for me the tragic incident still as fresh as if it happened yesterday,' said Ms Jana as she hid face with her hands.
JOY Carefree Ann Marie before horrific dog attack; AGONY Ann Marie with the bloodied remains of her nose after the dog savaged her; GRIM Victim's forehead grotesquely swollen after surgeons inserted special balloon; ATTACK: Lab-springer; PLIGHT Ann Marie hid face before her looks were restored; SMILE Delighted Ann Marie with new nose Picture: MARTIN SPAVEN
APPEAL FOR INFORMATION: Richard Watson, 18, recovers after a glass struck hid face in a town centre bar.
standing, as we hid faces in a moonwhite room, eyes darting like a man