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
References in classic literature ?
"If I hide my face for sorrow, there is cause enough," he merely replied; "and if I cover it for secret sin, what mortal might not do the same?"
I held the screen so as to hide my face; and I said, in the steadiest voice that I could command at the moment,
"I still watch movies and during the sex scenes I hide my face like a five-year-old and think, 'Ew ew ew!
Right now, however, you'll have to excuse me while I head to my still-private bedroom and hide my face in my pillow.
Remembering her mother as "a victim of hate," Mehria vows to "never accept that ignorance and intolerance should hide my face ever again."
"And He said, "I will hide My face from them, and see what will be their end; for they are a treacherous generation, children who lack faith." (Deuteronomy 32:20) The light Is gone.