- act of concealing; concealment: to remain in hiding.
- a secret refuge or means of concealment.
Origin of hiding1
- a severe beating; flogging; thrashing.
Origin of hiding2
- 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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Examples from the Web for hiding
Other major news outlets made the same decision, hiding behind a misplaced sense of multicultural sensitivity.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
A team of cops swarmed the apartment in the hunt for a potential homicide suspect they believed was hiding in the residences.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
I also believe the administration is hiding something about Benghazi and Fast and Furious, but the key word is “believe.”The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
I stayed longer in Hong Kong than Glenn and Ewen, and was hoping to film Snowden one more time where he was hiding out.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
“Not running, not hiding, we are in plain sight,” Johnson testified.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
It would be a stroke of luck if I could stumble on one of his hiding places!Brave and Bold
The black bonnet had been like a mask, hiding Mart's beauty.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
You won't be left in hiding after such a dbut; you'll electrify society!The Bacillus of Beauty
He could smell Indians in hiding and wood smoke three leagues away.The Trail Book
By this they were opposite the old stand, where Shandy was hiding.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- the state of concealment (esp in the phrase in hiding)
- hiding place a place of concealment
- informal a flogging; beating
- be on a hiding to nothing to be bound to fail; to face impossible odds
- 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 hiding
"concealment," early 13c., verbal noun from hide (v.1). Hiding place is from mid-15c.; an Old English word for this was hydels.
"a flogging," 1809, from hide (n.1), perhaps in reference to a whip or thong made of animal hide. Old English had hyde ðolian "to undergo a flogging," and hydgild "fine paid to save one's skin (from a punishment by flogging)." The English expression a hiding to nothing (by 1905) referred to a situation where there was disgrace in defeat and no honor in victory.
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 hiding
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