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
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THE act of hiding one's face is very powerful, potentially leading these individuals to act in a way they would not when their faces are visible.
He said: "The very act of hiding one's face is also very powerful, potentially leading these individuals to act in a way they normally would not when their faces are visible.
"During this period of hiding one's face, when tens of thousands of Jews are being thrown into the furnace of fire," the rabbi continued, "there are many who ask where is our blessed Goda[bar] So we should walk in public in Jewish clothing with a beard and side-locks, as a sort of public declaration that Orthodox Judaism is still alive and kicking and that the Jews are not ashamed of being Jewish.
Re government of France claims that hiding one's face in public is a security risk.