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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The woman was told she violated the country's controversial burqa ban imposed last April, which outlawed anyone hiding their face in public, including in streets, shops, restaurants and cars on public roads.
Both raiders were 5ft to 5ft 8ins in their late teens or early 20s with gloves, dark clothing and balaclava hiding their face.
The armed assailants after firing escaped from the site who were hiding their faces withbrhelmets."We received three bodies and three injured persons," Dr.
A 20-strong mob - some hiding their faces with balaclavas - hurled missiles in an attempt to stop the demolition of the camp and the dispersal of its 6,500 residents throughout France.
Police also executed at least one arrest of a protester who concealed his face, violating (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/19/cleveland-police-protesters-dont-hide-your-faces/87287352/) officers' orders against people hiding their faces or even wearing a mask on one's neck in public.
"Celtic fans set off a yellow smoke bomb early on and Rangers fans, some with scarves hiding their faces, hit back with songs of hate that never halted.
With black balaclavas hiding their faces, the two men battered their way into the Somerfield garage, Moor Farm, Cramlington, with a metal drain cover just before 5am yesterday.
It is no accident that the men turned their backs to the public, hiding their faces, or that the glance of the girl was lost in the void; eyes were either absent or without expression.
TwO burka-clad women have become the first in France to face court for hiding their faces in public.
They wore dark clothing and had a blue cloth hiding their faces.
I wonder why they are hiding their faces if they think it's such a good idea.
The controversial law - which brands the garment "an insult to the country's values" - means women will face prison for hiding their faces.
Almost two hours later, the five were whisked away in an unmarked Range- Rover, with their hands hiding their faces.
It means Muslim women face being JAILED for hiding their faces in public.
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