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
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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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"He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face."
Ranbir tried to avoid the camera by hiding his face with his cap and was seen moving quickly to get into his car along with director Karan Johar while leaving Aamir's apartment.
The 27-year-old actor, who plays the role of a young American who falls in love with a mysterious girl on a trip to Romania, has his long curly hair tied back and his head is tipped forward hiding his face in the picture, the New York Post reported.
HIDING his face from the camera, this is the man accused of biting off part of former Casualty actor Clive Mantle's ear.
Police say he was white, aged between 17 and 20, and skinny, and hiding his face by wearing a hooded top and a scarf wrapped around the lower part of his face.
The pair then fled, with the boy hiding his face from CCTV and the man wearing a scarf over his face.
When the former BBC Young Musician of the Year looked at the video intercom she saw a man who was hiding his face.
The raider, who was hiding his face with a baseball cap, burst into the garage shop at the Manor Service Station in Princes Drive and demanded cash.
He then made a second unsuccessful attempt to rob a nearby shop before running off still hiding his face behind a pair of Y-fronts.
The raider burst into the tiny shop in Breich, West Lothian, yesterday morning wearing a black woollen hat and scarf hiding his face. He escaped with a four-figure sum.
Three youths, one of whom had a scarf hiding his face, started talking to her before stabbing her in the back and left leg.
He then made an unsuccessful attempt to rob a nearby shop before running off, still hiding his face behind a pair of Y-fronts.
"He nearly walked into a tree because he was hiding his face with the Daily Mail and couldn't see where he was going."
The singer refused to say why he was hiding his face as he sped away from home.
He then made a second unsuccessful attempt to rob a nearby shop before fleeing still hiding his face behind a pair of Y-fronts.