hide nor hair, neither Also, hide or hair. No trace of something lost or missing. For example, I haven't seen hide nor hair of the children. This expression alludes to the entire outer coat of an animal. [Mid-1800s]
hide one's face
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]
hide one's face in shame
Idiom(s): hide one's face in shame
to cover one's face because of shame or embarrassment. • Mary was so embarrassed. She could only hide her face in shame. • When Tom broke Ann's crystal vase, he wanted to hide his face in shame.
hide one's face|face|head|hide|hide one's head
v. phr. 1. To lower your head or turn your face away because of shame or embarrassment. The teacher found out that Tom had cheated, and Tom hid his head.When Bob said how pretty Mary was, she blushed and hid her face. 2. To feel embarrassed or ashamed. We will beat the other team so badly that they will hide their heads in shame.
hide one's head in the sand
Idiom(s): bury one's head in the sand AND hide one's head in the sand
to ignore or hide from obvious signs of danger. (Refers to an ostrich, which we picture with its head stuck into the sand or the ground.) • Stop burying your head in the sand. Look at the statistics on smoking and cancer. • And stop hiding your head in the sand. All of us will die somehow, whether we smoke or not.
hide one's head in the sand|bury|bury one's head i
To keep from seeing, knowing, or understanding something dangerous or unpleasant; to refuse to see or face something. If there is a war, you cannot just bury your head in the sand.
hide one's light under a bushel
Idiom(s): hide one's light under a bushel
to conceal one's good ideas or talents. (A biblical theme.) • Jane has some good ideas, but she doesn't speak very often. She hides her light under a bushel. • Don't hide your light under a bushel. Share your gifts with other people.
hide one's light under a bushel|bushel|hide|light
v. phr. To be very shy and modest and not show your abilities or talents; be too modest in letting others see what you can do. When Joan is with her close friends she has a wonderful sense of humor, but usually she hides her light under a bushel.Mr. Smith is an expert in many fields, but most people think he is not very smart because he hides his light under a bushel.All year long Tommy hid his light under a bushel and the teacher was surprised to see how much he knew when she read his exam paper.
hide or hair|hair|hide|hide nor hair
n. phr., informal A sign or trace of someone that is gone or lost; any sign at all of something missing. Usually used in negative or interrogative sentence. Tommy left the house this morning and I haven't seen hide or hair of him since.A button fell off my coat and I could find neither hide nor hair of it.
hide out Go into or stay in hiding, especially from the authorities. For example, The cattle thieves hid out in the canyon, or He decided to hide out from the press. [Late 1800s]
v. phr. To go into hiding, as in the case of a criminal on the run. He tried to hide out but the police tracked him down.
a guessing game where one has to find something or figure out something that is concealed or disguised. (Also literal when referring to a game where a person hides and another person tries to find the hidden person. Fixed order.) • I am tired of running up against a game of hide-and-seek every time I ask to see the financial records of this company. • I have been trying to see the manager for two days. Where is she? I refuse to play hide-and-seek any longer. I want to see her now!
keep from seeing, knowing or understanding something dangerous or unpleasant, refuse to see or face something His father always buries his head in the sand and never wants to deal with any problems.
n. A place where one hides. The wanted criminal used several hideouts but he was captured in the end.
neither hide nor hair
Idiom(s): neither hide nor hair
no sign or indication (of someone or something). (Fixed order.) • We could find neither hide nor hair of him. I don't know where he is. • There has been no one here—neither hide nor hair—for the last three days.
play hide and seek
play hide and seek Evade or seem to evade someone. For example, Bill is hard to pin down—he's always playing hide and seek. This expression alludes to the children's game in which one player tries to find others who are hiding. It has been used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
see hide nor hair
not see a person because he has gone You won't see hide nor hair of him after he borrows money.
tan one's hide
Idiom(s): tan one's hide
to spank someone. (Folksy.) • Billy's mother said she'd tan Billy's hide if he ever did that again. • "III tan your hide if you're late!" said Tom's father.
tan one's hide|hide|tan
v. phr., informal To give a beating to; spank hard. Bob's father tanned his hide for staying out too late.
tan someone's hide
tan someone's hide Also, have someone's hide. Spank or beat someone, as in Dad said he'd tan Billy's hide if he caught him smoking, or I'll have your hide if you take something without paying for it. This term uses hide in the sense of “skin.” The allusion in the first expression is to a spanking that will change one's skin just as chemicals tan animal hide (convert it into leather). [Second half of 1600s]
you can run but you can't hide
you can run away but you cannot hide from your past or your problems "When I told a priest I was going away to forget my past, he said, ""You can run, but you can't hide."""