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]

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