hide one's face

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
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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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An additional limitation is that it is strictly forbidden to hide one's face or part of it.
The designer portrays avarice as a magnifying glass, all the better to see if one is being robbed; sloth by an ashtray; wrath by a mask, to hide one's face; envy by a carriage-clock; pride by a mirror reflecting one's narcissism; lust by a sex toy.
Why begin the year with the burden of having decided a few things, only to breach them before the Sun rose the next day and hide one's face from oneself for the balance 51 weeks?