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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The software is an upgrade from its previous versions, which could only hide faces.
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Philip Hide faces a few weeks on the sidelines after breaking a collar-bone when brought down from Bronzesmith in the beginners' chase
Hide faces being stripped of his licence by theBritish Boxing Boardof Control if they find fault with his conduct following Audley Harrison's 11th straight professional win at theYork Hall.
Hide faces a fighter with a professional record of 29 wins, two losses and a draw, although the main attraction is still Prince Naseem Hamed's defence of his WBO featherweight title against Wilfredo Vazquez.
Hide faces being stripped of his licence by the British Boxing Board of Control if they find fault with his conduct following Audley Harrison's 11th straight professional win at the York Hall.
IN RING: Harrison and Bruno; ROUND 1; Ringside Hide shouts at Harrison after the bout; ROUND 2; Hide faces the wrath of a woman in the crowd; ROUND 3; The frightened woman recoils as Hide turns on the crowd and fighting starts; ROUND 4; Harrison leans over the ropes to confront Hide; ROUND 5; Chairs fly as the late night mass brawl breaks out
PHILIP HIDE faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines after breaking a bone in his right forearm at Towcester eight days ago.
Oliver McCall and Henry Akinwande were disqualified and Herbie Hide faces an allegation of police assault.
PHILIP HIDE faces the prospect of several weeks on the sidelines after a fall at Towcester yesterday which left him with a suspected broken bone in his arm.