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

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
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Suarez has no need to hide his face because he's been sensational this season.
COWERING Rooney tries to hide his face at court yesterday
Harvey Talbot, 81, said he was ordered by bar staff at Yates Wine Lodge in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, to remove his hat because it could hide his face during a crime.
Winnie McGinney and Phillippa Mason told how dozy David Evans didn't even hide his face when he stole cash from the till of his favourite takeaway South Gosforth Fisheries.
But Dill had to hide his face when he appeared on screen and had to worry that he would be fired--or worse--if anyone noticed Roberts at his side.
Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins should hide his face in shame.
Identified only by the initials RS, the 33-year-old suspect was detained on Thursday at a bus terminal in the Flores Island, about 310 miles east of Bali when he tried to hide his face from police with a newspaper.
We are not like Moses, who used to hide his face with a veil so that the israelites could not see the final fading of that glory.
SPUD DUD: Mel tries to hide his face as he realises Potatohead disguise has been rumbled
He had put the navy bag on his head to hide his face.
Winnie McGinney and Phillip-pa Mason told how dozy David Evans, pictured, didn't even hide his face when he stole cash from the till of his favourite takeaway, South Gosforth Fisheries.
It's the first time the pair have been snapped together and as they stumbled out of the club Gareth got camera shy, trying to hide his face under his coat he was eased away by minders.
Granting bail to the youngster, Lord Justice Coghlin prohibited him from wearing anything that could hide his face and imposed a night-time curfew.
At a previous court appearance, Mitchell tried to hide his face with a notepad.