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
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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She looked up into his eyes, and hid her face in her hands.
Natasha, raising her face for a moment from her mother's mantilla, glanced up at her through tears of laughter, and again hid her face.
Her tears began to flow again, but now she was more mistress of herself, and she hid her face in Philip's handkerchief.
When I had done, the poor girl, in the extremity of her forlornness and distress, forgot all the little maidenly conventionalities and young-lady-like restraints of everyday life--and, in a burst of natural grief and honest confiding helplessness, hid her face on my bosom, and cried there as if she were a child again, and I was the mother to whom she had been used to look for comfort.
She feebly raised her head, and, turning it away from me, hid her face. I saw that she was not fit for talking yet, and begged her to go upstairs to the drawing-room and lie down a little.
Here Grandfather was interrupted by little Alice, who hid her face in his lap, and murmured a wish that he would not talk any more about Cotton Mather and the evil spirits.
And saying these words she glanced at her sister, and seeing that Dolly sat silent, her head mournfully bowed, Kitty, instead of running out of the room as she had meant to do, sat down near the door, and hid her face in her handkerchief.
But when she heard her uncle's name, there seemed to go a shiver right through her; and when they told him to look at her, she hung her head down, and cowered, and hid her face in her hands.
The beauty, who was married to footballer Ashley Cole, acted sportingly and went on the stage, even though hid her face at first as the troupe kept stripping around her until they were only in their tartan thongs.
The Oscar-winning actress, 23, who earned PS15million last year, hid her face as they joined pals at a South London house party on Friday.
She oohed, she aahed, she grimaced, she hid her face with her hand, and at one stage she stifled a tense sneeze as the drama unfolded before her.
The mum-of-three, 32, hid her face on leaving Sugar Hut in Essex at 2am, where she'd been necking vodka and dancing during a very boozy night out with some gal pals and her sister Sophie.
"It was becoming difficult for her to look after her daughter." The slim woman, dressed in a cream coat, hid her face as she left the court under a scarf, hoodie and sunglasses.
Jodie hid behind the windows of her dark limo; GMTV presenter Kate looked like the bride of Frankenstein as she hid her face behind a huge veil; and glamour model Jordan sneaked into her wedding bought up by a glossy magazine for pounds 2million.
Penny, 33, who hid her face under a Kiss-Me-Quick-style hat was unrecognisable - even her famous cleavage was nowhere to be seen.