hide (one's) head

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hide (one's) head

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 head in response to my question. I totally forgot to do my homework, so all I could do was hide my head as my teacher collected it from everyone else.
See also: head, hide
References in classic literature ?
For when we have got things to the pass that with an enormous treasure at disposal to relieve the poor, the best of the poor detest our mercies, hide their heads from us, and shame us by starving to death in the midst of us, it is a pass impossible of prosperity, impossible of continuance.
Where shall thine old companions in arms hide their heads when Brian de Bois-Guilbert, the best lance of the Templars, is proclaimed recreant, amid the hisses of the assembled people?
If there is any life left in them, they will hide their head in shame, if they are part of the mobile phone zombie tribe, they will sit up straight and start jabbering about getting in the shopping.
Meanwhile, the member states continue to hide their heads in the sand," accused Flautre.
Those who opposed the scheme now hide their heads in abject shame.
Everyone makes a perfunctory condemnation of the violence, a few politicians express their abhorrence, the police are urged to tackle the troublemakers without being given any assistance by the clubs and the Cyprus Football Federation's (KOP) bosses hide their heads in the sand.
Now they were offering less than pounds 3m between all 22 Welsh local authorities to help fix the massive damage caused to local roads in the wake of the recent big freeze, and should "hide their heads in shame," he said.
Mr Baker firmly believes that it is very risky for individuals or businesses who are unable to settle their accounts with the Inland Revenue to hide their heads in the sand.
"People and businesses are not fully informed about their options with the IRS and tend to hide their heads in the sand."
WHOEVER wrote Atomic Kitten's See Ya should hide their heads in shame.
The GAA should not be afraid, and hopefully Peter Quinn, since he's the cleverest soul in the GAA, will be able to persuade those sitting around him not to hide their heads in the sand.
Now, whenever the moon looks over the top of Mynydd Leyshon she seems to have a smile to herself and the grim faced men then know that the time has come for them to hide their heads and to mutter their Bendigedig; but only very quietly under their breaths.
As that most feted of rain lovers, John Lennon, once sang, 'If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads, they might as well be dead.' Well, I wouldn't go that far, John.