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

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 ?
I pushed my chair back a little from the fire-place, and took a hand-screen from a table near me; it might be made useful in hiding my face, if any more disappointments were in store for me.
Wasn't hiding my face, was trying to recover from the shock of 40 camera flashes.
"I probably give myself away by walking around with a hoody and a hat and sunglasses, bent over and hiding my face," he said.
He said: "It's only an ordinary flat cap that people used to go to work in; it wasn't hiding my face or anything.
I probably give myself away by walking around in a hoodie and a hat and sunglasses, bent over and hiding my face. I probably look like a lunatic," he said.