- to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered: Where did she hide her jewels?
- to obstruct the view of; cover up: The sun was hidden by the clouds.
- to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret: to hide one's feelings.
- to conceal oneself; lie concealed: He hid in the closet.
- British. a place of concealment for hunting or observing wildlife; hunting blind.
- hide out, to go into or remain in hiding: After breaking out of jail, he hid out in a deserted farmhouse.
Origin of hide1
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- the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals (cow, horse, buffalo, etc.), raw or dressed.
- the skin of a human being: Get out of here or I'll tan your hide!
- safety or welfare: He's only worried about his own hide.
- Australia and New Zealand Informal. impertinence; impudence.
- Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
- to protect (a rope, as a boltrope of a sail) with a covering of leather.
- hide nor hair, a trace or evidence, as of something missing: They didn't find hide nor hair of the murder weapon.Also hide or hair.
Origin of hide2
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- a unit of land measurement varying from 60 to 120 acres (24 to 49 hectares) or more, depending upon local usage.
Origin of hide3
Examples from the Web for hide
He does not hesitate to hide some Marxist books from her library because she fears that the military could use them against her.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
And he scarcely bothered to hide his chief ambition: to lead his country as prime minister.Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
They carefully scanned open windows along the route, looking for places where a shooter might hide.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
You can hide your extreme views and duck from having to answer questions about them.Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
Still, he cannot hide from his true calling as a hero; this is a world full of zombies after all.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
At any rate, I won't be coward enough to try to hide it from her.Brave and Bold
Nothing save a rich garment could ever hide the plague-spot.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Even for Mammon's sake Mr. Raymount was not the man to hide or mask his opinions.
Of course it must be the same thing that made him take to the garret and hide there!
And found out he is sure to be; he has not the brains to hide a thing!
- to put or keep (oneself or an object) in a secret place; conceal (oneself or an object) from view or discoveryto hide a pencil; to hide from the police
- (tr) to conceal or obscurethe clouds hid the sun
- (tr) to keep secret
- (tr) to turn (one's head, eyes, etc) away
- British a place of concealment, usually disguised to appear as part of the natural environment, used by hunters, birdwatchers, etcUS and Canadian equivalent: blind
- the skin of an animal, esp the tough thick skin of a large mammal, either tanned or raw
- informal the human skin
- Australian and NZ informal impudence
- (tr) informal to flog
- an obsolete Brit unit of land measure, varying in magnitude from about 60 to 120 acres
Word Origin and History for hide
Old English hydan "to hide, conceal; preserve; hide oneself; bury a corpse," from West Germanic *hudjan (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German huden), from PIE *keudh- (cf. Greek keuthein "to hide, conceal"), from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Hide and seek (by 1670s), children's game, replaced earlier all hid (1580s).
"skin of a large animal," Old English hyd "hide, skin," from Proto-Germanic *hudiz (cf. Old Norse huð, Old Frisian hed, Middle Dutch huut, Dutch huid, Old High German hut, German Haut "skin"), related to Old English verb hydan "to hide," the common notion being of "covering."
All of this is from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (cf. Sanskrit kostha "enclosing wall," skunati "covers;" Armenian ciw "roof;" Latin cutis "skin," scutum "shield," ob-scurus "dark;" Greek kytos "a hollow, vessel," keutho "to cover, to hide," skynia "eyebrows;" Russian kishka "gut," literally "sheath;" Lithuanian kiautas "husk," kutis "stall;" Old Norse sky "cloud;" Old English sceo "cloud;" Middle High German hode "scrotum;" Old High German scura, German Scheuer "barn;" Welsh cuddio "to hide").
The alliterative pairing of hide and hair (often negative, hide nor hair) was in Middle English (early 15c.), but earlier and more common was hide ne hewe, literally "skin and complexion ('hue')" (c.1200).
"measure of land" (obsolete), Old English hid "hide of land," earlier higid, from hiw- "family" (cf. hiwan "household," hiwo "a husband, master of a household"), from Proto-Germanic *hiwido-, from PIE *keiwo- (cf. Latin civis "citizen"), from root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch; beloved, dear" (see cemetery, and cf. city).
The notion was of "amount of land needed to feed one free family and dependents," usually 100 or 120 acres, but the amount could be as little as 60, depending on the quality of the land. Often also defined as "as much land as could be tilled by one plow in a year." Translated in Latin as familia.
Idioms and Phrases with hide
In addition to the idioms beginning with hide
- hide and seek
- hide nor hair, neither
- hide one's face
- hide one's head in the sand
- hide one's light under a bushel
- hide out
- cover one's ass (hide)
- tan one's hide