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
References in classic literature ?
Then, the Sacristan locks the iron-barred gates that divide the sanctuary from the chancel, and all of the procession having scuttled into their places, hide their faces; and then the intoned words, 'WHEN THE WICKED MAN--' rise among groins of arches and beams of roof, awakening muttered thunder.
Police said the suspects who were wearing balaclavas to hide their faces, managed to escape.
When the women try to hide their faces and threaten to call the police, the man identifies himself as a police officer from Peshawar.
The scenes on Mayday were an insult to the French students and workers who took to the streets in 1968 and who didn't need balaclavas to hide their faces. How is smashing the windows of McDonald's and burning the scooters of the workers flipping the burgers inside furthering revolution?
He said mall security guards had been instructed to politely ask those wearing caps or any hats that may hide their faces, not to wear them inside.
The man pictured broke into the house near Tachbrook Road with two other men who were wearing masks to hide their faces.
They will have to hide their faces after a shameful defeat, he added.
Anger: Flight crew hide their faces as one of the passengers hurls abuse after the plane landed in Birmingham last night.
With the prospect of all the redundancies and unemployment increasing daily then it is no doubt an occasion when the coalition government can hide their faces in shame behind this happy mask, with the PM having the cheek to ask us in the spring how we are all feeling and how his (ill thought out) Big Society is doing.
Wearing hats and scarves to hide their faces, they used a crowbar, a hammer and a knife to force open gaming machines before fleeing with the takings in a white vehicle, possibly a van.
The gang, who had hoods pulled up and scarves to hide their faces, walked out with around pounds 1,600 and fled along the nearby railway line.
They went to ludicrous lengths to hide their faces after flogging pictures to magazines.
LOOK OUT: Charles and Anne play with the Queen Mum's robes; CROWNING GLORY: The Royal Family pose together for the camera; CAMERA SHY: The mischievous youngsters hide their faces; GOOD LUCK, MUM: The young royals wave from their nursery
They hide their faces as if preoccupied, nagged by questions so far unanswered.
Footage taken as police and army officers stormed the Tulip Hotel showed 18 men and their "partners" scrambling to cover their bodies with towels and hide their faces.