hide one's face

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hide one's face

Also, hide one's head. Feel shame or embarrassment. For example, You needn't hide your faceyou'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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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