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
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He was collared in Gas Lane car park, hiding face down in long grass, claiming he'd lost his mobile phone.
COVER-UP: Hiding face on visit to Abi's flat; ROMPS: Love cheat Madigan; IN TOO DEEP: Sexy Abi was rocked by split
LOVE CHEAT: Steffen Freund arriving in Birmingham yesterday; 'RAPED': Ruth Lourenco, hiding face
COURT ORDEAL Eleanor, right, is led into court hiding face yesterday
He said all claims of Indian media in support of Indian Air Force's strike at Balakot was proved wrong, baseless and today Prime Minister Modi and his establishment were hiding faces from its people.
White gloves, black butterflies, dresses on the floor, masks, mysteriously hiding faces, and a waltz that circles and circles ...
He said the bold decision of prime minister for an independent enquiry commission has buried the politics of opponents and they were now hiding faces from people.
But it was not unusual to see a series of balletic arabesque hops or expressionist hands hiding faces.
If Omar does not agree to surrender, the Baghran region in the mountains north of Kandahar where he is believed to be hiding faces possible bombing by US-led warplanes, Afghan and Pakistani military officials said.
He said such negative elements are now hiding faces from public as all the promises made by Prime Minister Imran Khan with people of KP whether it was plantation of one billion trees or construction of 355 MMPPs were fulfilled.
He said the propagandist elements, who were making hue and cry that work on Gilgit-Skardu road would never be started and that Chief Minister GB was not taking interest in this gigantic project, were now hiding faces from masses as propaganda of these elements was proved totally wrong.
He said the people of Pakistan had rejected propaganda and agitation politics of PTI and the opponents are now hiding faces from masses as all their prayers regarding disqualification of Prime Minister was totally rejected the Supreme Court.