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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In early life he had accidentally killed a beloved friend, and from that day till the hour of his own death, he hid his face from men.
They made me swear to tell you; but for my part,' he cried, bursting into tears, 'I just wish that I was dead!' And he fell on his knees before a chair and hid his face.
A POLICE officer became suspicious when a motorist hid his face as the officer drove past in Rhyl, a court heard.
Christian David White, 43, hid his face as a prosecutor outlined his bizarre behaviour at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.
In the video, man broke into a restaurant and hid his face when he noticed security camera installed in the building.
A MAN accused of setting up websites where sectarian hate mail about Celtic boss Neil Lennon was posted hid his face as he left court yesterday.
Although the special effects were awesome, some scenes were downright scary so that our nine-year-old grandson hid his face against my shoulder.
A little boy walked by the singer's side, but hid his face under the peak of a baseball cap, and a little girl bowed her head as she held his hand.
He hid his face in his shirt (above) following the red card.
Later, Timberlake hid his face as Leno played a clip of him aged 10, dressed as a cowboy on a talent show.
Today police said the man, who hid his face with a white hooded tracksu it top, was believed to have been hunting a specific individual.
But after a day of being snapped wandering round town, Alec jumped into a taxi and hid his face behind a flowery bag.
The boy, who hid his face with tights, brandished a knife at a cashier at a shop in Porthcawl, south Wales.