Also: Hang one’s head in shame
Meaning of Idiom ‘Hang One’s Head’
To hang (your, his, her) head means to express shame, contrition, or embarrassment; to appear embarrassed or ashamed. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
Examples Of Use
“Nobody should be hanging their head,” said the coach. “We’re all winners here.”
“The student hung his head in shame after failing the quiz.”
Used since the 1200s, this idiom alludes to physically lowering one’s head as an expression of embarrassment, shame, contrition, or remorse.
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