Main definitions of hide in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Put or keep out of sight:

    ‘he hid the money in the house’
    ‘they swept up the pieces and hid them away’
    • ‘But traders say they are slowly drifting back and drinking from bottles hidden in plastic bags.’
    • ‘The Revenue Commissioners are poised to sign deals with some of the world's most secretive tax havens in a bid to prevent tax dodgers hiding their money abroad.’
    • ‘A jury at Bradford Crown Court was told that more than £8,500 was found at his Keighley home and £12,000 was hidden under a mattress at his parents' home.’
    • ‘But Evans' camera was hidden from sight.’
    • ‘The silver gilt trophy had been hidden away in a bank vault in a secret location.’
    • ‘Mike reached over, opened his glove compartment and took out the small bottle of whiskey he hid there for emergencies.’
    • ‘The letter was hidden in the pocket of her Guess jeans.’
    • ‘Once Kyle and Drake reach the gas station they park the car and hide their weapons under their shirts and get out.’
    • ‘She had some casual clothes, but those had to be hidden away since her parents frowned upon anything they considered unladylike.’
    • ‘The court heard that Ross hid the bullets to prevent suspicion falling on him or his family.’
    • ‘She hoped the bags under her eyes that she'd taken great pains to hide with concealer would not give away just how much sleep she'd not been getting.’
    • ‘I kept the bottle hidden in the fridge for a whole week waiting for the moment when i could enjoy it at my leisure.’
    • ‘After Joe's funeral, Tom realizes that the treasure is hidden in the cave.’
    • ‘These are believed to be treasures from the Temple at Jerusalem, which were hidden away for safekeeping.’
    • ‘Magistrates were told that police called at his home with a trained dog which found the drugs in his bedroom hidden under a mattress.’
    • ‘This technique also works on red pimples that concealer alone can't hide.’
    • ‘He had saved around £2,000 which had been hidden away in a holdall behind a table in his bungalow.’
    • ‘On Saturday we continued with the sorting out and tackled three boxes of assorted stuff that have been carefully hidden away in the cupboards in the spare room since we moved in over eighteen months ago.’
    • ‘Then Joseph finds gold in a creek, first hides this from his family, then abandons them to go prospecting.’
    • ‘You arrive at the house and sit at the table and grab that bottle of Whiskey you hid.’
    conceal, secrete, put in a hiding place, put out of sight, camouflage
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    1. 1.1 Prevent (someone or something) from being seen:
      ‘clouds rolled up and hid the moon’
      • ‘The night is filled with bright, sparkling stars as far as the eye can see, without cloud or smog to hide them.’
      • ‘The evening sun was hidden behind the darkening clouds, and no electric lights shone from the windows of the surrounding houses.’
      • ‘The surrounding snow-capped peaks are hidden by thick cloud from which frozen rain floats lazily down, reflecting light from illuminated windows.’
      • ‘Many of them are so tall that they are hidden by dense cloud cover for days at a time.’
      • ‘The sun was suddenly hidden by black clouds and drops of rain started to fall gently.’
      • ‘Sheet lightning is just fork lightning that happens within a cloud, or when lightning is partly hidden by clouds.’
      • ‘She adjusted the scarf that was now hiding what little hair she had left.’
      • ‘York Minster's East Front could be hidden from view for as long as ten years while major repairs are carried out.’
      • ‘The sun was hidden behind some clouds and a small wind was starting to blow.’
      • ‘The Mansion House collection of silver, gold and silver plate has been hidden from public view for hundreds of years, but will be on display at Fairfax House for three months from July.’
      • ‘The moon was hidden behind a cloud and she couldn't see anything, but her ears could hear a suspicious tiptoeing around the front door.’
      • ‘The terrazzo floor is tough and durable, hides dirt, and stands up to muddy boots.’
      • ‘The moon was hidden behind thick black clouds and she had to grope her way around the unfamiliar surroundings.’
      • ‘She was grateful that the veil of darkness hid her blush.’
      • ‘As the sun went down in the distance, half hidden by puffy white clouds, Josie leaned over the ship's railing and gazed down at the calm water.’
      • ‘They soon reached a stone structure, well hidden by tall trees and thick ivy.’
      • ‘There was a small outdoor staircase partially hidden by tall palm trees leading up to the balcony of her room.’
      • ‘Thick gray rain clouds hid the sun, and there was a hint of thunder in the air.’
      • ‘The weather was closing in and soon mist rolled over us, hiding the view.’
      • ‘Most parts of the castle were hidden by the clouds, and only the main entrance could be seen.’
      obscure, block out, blot out, obstruct, cloud, shroud, veil, blanket, envelop, darken, eclipse
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    2. 1.2 Prevent (an emotion or fact) from being apparent or known; keep secret:
      ‘Herbert could hardly hide his dislike’
      • ‘Missile attacks of all sorts have been hidden from the public.’
      • ‘At first I didn't like it, it made me sick, but as I got older it could help me to hide my feelings and emotions.’
      • ‘Her parents had a secret that they had hidden from Phoenix for 15 years, her whole life and now she knew.’
      • ‘The details of the murder, however, were neatly covered up and hidden.’
      • ‘This is being hidden from the press and probably Congress as well.’
      • ‘She was relived she no longer had to keep this secret hidden from her best friend.’
      • ‘When it comes out the second time, we are going to find out about all the evidence that was hidden from us, and all the other witnesses that were not revealed to us.’
      • ‘I agreed to act as though our affair were a secret, a clandestine drama to be hidden from the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Nothing the Parish Council does is hidden from the public and by law the council has to open its books to the public for two weeks each year for scrutiny.’
      • ‘She was right, for as soon as he left all the emotions she had kept hidden from others, the anger, the fear and the sadness came together.’
      • ‘He had done a good job of keeping his true feelings and emotions hidden from the other two for most of the last week.’
      • ‘Yet in Europe, and in particular France, he continues to be seen as an icily cool champion, his real thoughts hidden behind an intimidating mask of arrogance.’
      • ‘Never hide or cover the symptoms because you are ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed when you are supposed to be happy.’
      • ‘But the fact that the idea largely originated with Marx and Engels themselves has been hidden from public awareness with almost total success.’
      • ‘I admit to not feeling myself, covering up the dark circles under my eyes with thick concealer, having to hide how I felt.’
      • ‘Like Cherise, who missed her father and made no secret about it, Lindiwe was open emotionally, never hiding the fact that she missed her husband and child.’
      • ‘There's nothing being hidden from them that they don't know or that members of the Senate aren't already aware of.’
      • ‘The facts had to be hidden from his wife, Danielle.’
      • ‘Habib, who is also lonely, hides his loneliness under stoicism.’
      • ‘As much as I'm good at hiding how I feel… and making my facial expressions stay neutral… those that know me well can read my face like a book.’
      keep secret, keep unknown, conceal, cover up, keep dark, keep quiet about, hush up, bottle up, suppress, repress, withhold
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    3. 1.3[no object] Conceal oneself:
      ‘Juliet's first instinct was to hide under the blankets’
      ‘he used to hide out in a cave’
      • ‘First instinct was to hide until I realized she couldn't be older than I was.’
      • ‘Jake said he was too scared to yell out so he just stayed in bed and hid under the covers.’
      • ‘The girl now hides in the family home, ashamed to show her face.’
      • ‘What if he was hiding in a closet, or just behind a corner?’
      • ‘And then I went to the kitchen and I hid in the cupboard.’
      • ‘I hid under my twin bed, hoping that he wouldn't find me.’
      • ‘One guy actually hid under a blanket in the morning because he didn't want to be recognized.’
      • ‘Let your dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner.’
      • ‘I knew I couldn't hide forever in my room.’
      • ‘For the last 20 years she and her estimated £20m fortune have been hiding away on a remote and windswept Swedish island to escape from the pressures of showbiz.’
      • ‘I feel trapped, like a rabbit hiding in a hole whilst the dogs bark outside.’
      • ‘The officers said they had received information that the perpetrator may have been hiding out somewhere in and around the city.’
      • ‘She grabbed the top of the blanket I was hiding under and ripped it away.’
      • ‘It's days like this when you want to go back to bed, hide under the covers and pretend the world is a happy place filled with kitties and rainbows.’
      • ‘She remembers avoiding dogs or hiding behind her parents when one approached.’
      • ‘I hide under my blanket and close my tired and swollen eyes disappointedly.’
      • ‘They fled to pray at the various altars or hide in the dark passages and recesses of the crypt or seek refuge up the stairs in the arched chambers of the roof.’
      • ‘Two wooden chairs, metal drip trays, glass ashtrays and glasses were thrown at another member of staff who hid for cover behind the bar, and also at the kitchen door.’
      • ‘When I came down to the kitchen to give them their breakfast, I found two kittens hiding under the dresser and our neighbour's very large tabby cat on the conservatory windowsill!’
      • ‘Larva feed at night and hide in the soil debris during the day.’
      conceal oneself, secrete oneself, hide out, take cover, keep hidden, find a hiding place, keep out of sight
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    4. 1.4hide behind[no object] Use (someone or something) to protect oneself from criticism or punishment, especially in a way considered cowardly:
      ‘companies with poor security can hide behind the law’
      • ‘It's a step in the right direction that they can't hide behind international law.’
      • ‘Speaking at the Mass, the bishop said the Church should stop hiding behind its lawyers.’
      • ‘Let us find out what really happens, and we can do that by removing the laws that drive that activity underground - by removing the laws that the activity hides behind, such as the Massage Parlours Act.’
      • ‘Why on earth should we hide behind a law when we can change it in the House?’
      • ‘Does he have the fortitude to actually NAME the country he would like to slur, or is he the sort of intellectual coward who hides behind a snide comment rather than a reasoned argument?’
      • ‘Even to the pillars of our society, the days of hiding behind civil law, martial law and canon law are gone.’
      • ‘At my most judgmental, they look like they are hiding behind some deeply suppressed fear of engaging with people on a real level.’
      • ‘Some firms are dragging their heels hiding behind the excuse that more guidance is due from the FSA in the next few weeks.’
      • ‘Councillor John Godward said Mr Garland was hiding behind the election.’
      • ‘The Evening Press has tried to get answers but the main players are hiding behind a confidentiality clause.’
      • ‘He is still hiding behind the Church as far as I am concerned because they allowed him time to pack up and leave.’
      • ‘He said there was no point the engineers hiding behind the National Roads Authority.’
      • ‘The unpleasant truth is that hiding behind private ownership only hides the fall in value from people who choose not to look.’
      • ‘He accused the Mayor of hiding behind the issue and said it seemed he was not for radiotherapy at all.’
      • ‘I'm not hiding behind the exchange rate, but anybody who says it is not a factor is kidding themselves.’
      • ‘Nor can Kerry justify his strategy by hiding behind public fear and caution.’

noun

British
  • A camouflaged shelter used to observe wildlife at close quarters.

    • ‘At a nearby wildlife sanctuary, children study birds from hides.’
    • ‘We made observations from a portable hide positioned at least 6 m from the nest using a telescope.’
    • ‘We had a member who had a nectar feeder in his garden and a hide close by from which he photographed his ‘customers’.’
    • ‘Watching from the Breydon Bridge observation hide at high tide, I suddenly became aware of hundreds of dunlin taking wing and climbing high above the saltings.’
    • ‘You might think that most hides for bird-watching are not much more than lap-timbered sheds with a flap in one side.’
    • ‘The new canal-side reserve will include special boardwalks and hides from which the wildlife can be viewed.’
    • ‘The children have maintained a log book in the hide of all the birds and wildlife they see.’
    • ‘I spent an afternoon observing the female Kentish plover, obtaining good views from an observation hide.’
    • ‘The area beside the canal is popular with walkers and birdwatchers, who use hides overlooking a wetlands area close to the lake.’
    • ‘The observation hides at Cley Marsh provide excellent viewing for observers to enjoy the avocets.’
    • ‘Breeding territory and preferred perching places of males were determined based on regular observations from a hide at the breeding barns.’
    • ‘Once you have all this fabulous wildlife visiting your garden how about making a hide for the children to watch the wildlife through without disturbing it.’
    • ‘We can no longer maintain the old Cartesian view that we can observe Nature like a bird-watcher with a perfect hide.’
    • ‘Public viewing hides at the reserve and on the shores of the Bay offer glimpses of the rare bearded tit and bittern.’
    • ‘Sitting in tiny hides for long periods, they were privileged to observe the domestic life of the mysterious bittern.’
    • ‘The property sleeps nine and has ready access to woodland walks and a five-acre wildlife reserve with bird hides and a trout lake.’
    • ‘If you were building a hide from which to observe them in their natural habitat, you would probably situate it somewhere in the north-west between Liverpool and Wigan.’
    • ‘Also this Saturday and Sunday and the following weekend, the public will be given the chance to see many of the park's wintering ducks when the private hides on the Lower Mill Estate will be opened up.’
    • ‘Here there is a wildlife hide overlooking a pond.’
    • ‘We expect the camera crew to sit patiently in a camouflaged hide, waiting for the wildlife to wander by.’

Phrases

  • hide one's head

    • Cover up one's face or keep out of sight, especially from shame:

      ‘if that happened you might as well hide your head’
      • ‘She sat down on the couch, hiding her head in her hands.’
      • ‘He's silent for a few minutes hiding his head in my chest.’
      • ‘I continued to hide my head, until Will lifted my chin gently and looked at me.’
      • ‘He did not say more, but only hid his head and shuddered.’
      • ‘Donna looks over but hides her head in her menu as the woman starts to shout at the bartender.’
      • ‘Certainly, there are moments that resonate beyond others, and everyone associated with that debacle should just hide their head in shame.’
      • ‘Summer looks mortified, she goes bright red and hides her head, but her mother and the other two mothers don't even notice’
      • ‘I looked at Deidre again, and she was still hiding her head in her hand, shaking it as if she couldn't believe she'd just done that in the elevator.’
      • ‘They stared at him, until he hid his head in shame.’
      • ‘Oh the shame of it Kim thought, she tried to avoid the stares by hiding her head in her hands, she could already feel the warmth flushing into her cheeks.’
  • hide one's light under a bushel

    • Keep quiet about one's talents or accomplishments:

      ‘please don't hide your light under a bushel—the Society needs your valuable expertise’
      • ‘You've been hiding your light under a bushel McLeod.’
      • ‘Nowadays to be bright is to be stigmatised, so better to hide your light under a bushel.’
      • ‘If there are any negative aspects of Quakerism it's that we have a tendency to hide our light under a bushel.’
      • ‘We want to try and get them to believe that it's good to succeed, to feel special, and realise they should not hide their light under a bushel.’
      • ‘Never one to hide his light under a bushel, he predicts he will be able to create artificial life in a test tube within the next three years.’
      • ‘Not one to hide his light under a bushel, he has had no hesitation in revealing the first name that would be on his World XI teamsheet for 4-4-2 magazine this month: ‘Me of course, because I am an arrogant, selfish soul’.’
      • ‘Nor do its people feel any need to hide their light under a bushel like the painfully self-conscious and underconfident Scots.’
      • ‘Never one to hide his light under a bushel, he has extracted the most possible mileage from his stewardship of York City.’
      • ‘A lot of people hide their light under a bushel.’
      • ‘‘The awards are for the people who normally hide their light under a bushel,’ he says.’

Origin

Old English hȳdan, of West Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

hide

/hʌɪd/

Main definitions of hide in English

: hide1hide2hide3

hide2

noun

  • 1The skin of an animal, especially when tanned or dressed:

    ‘we'll skin them right here and preserve their hides’
    [mass noun] ‘his feet were protected with strips of hide’
    • ‘Their thick, elephant-like hide offers a small measure of protection from boats - but not immunity.’
    • ‘During the winter, additional warmth was provided by bear skins and buffalo hides.’
    • ‘Packers can now remove most of the hair, split the hide, and send the top layer for tanning and the rest for other uses.’
    • ‘In return for animal hides, the merchants of Southampton obtained gold, silver, glass ware, and wine.’
    • ‘Goats feel the cold and dislike damp and wet as they don't have thick fleeces like sheep or tough hide like cows.’
    • ‘To get the best brands, we hold the cooled branding irons on the hide for 60 seconds.’
    • ‘Shy and solitary by nature, tapirs are often hunted in their native countries for their hide, which is tough and leathery.’
    • ‘Britain was exporting corn, hides, cattle, and iron to the empire, all items of vital importance to the Roman military effort.’
    • ‘This is branding of the same literal sort that ranchers practice when they burn their symbols on the hides of cattle.’
    • ‘A large fire was constantly kept burning in front, and for an acre or so around the ground was covered with drying hides.’
    • ‘This meant they could raise animals to eat them or to use them for their milk and their hides, and to plow the land to grow crops.’
    • ‘A third tradition of Atlantic shipbuilding involved light-framed vessels covered with hides.’
    • ‘Leather is sold by the hide and costs £21 per square metre.’
    • ‘In addition, the lesions cause permanent damage to the hides of infected cattle, which impacts heavily on the leather industry.’
    • ‘Most predatory dinosaurs such as tyrannosaurs and velociraptors have usually been depicted in museums, films and books as covered in a thick hide of dull brown or green skin.’
    • ‘Local trade remained important and the export of gum and hides developed parallel to the trade in slaves.’
    • ‘Sheep were kept for their wool and meat, cows for their milk, sinews and hides.’
    • ‘In the extreme cold, thick hides and warm coats insulate them.’
    • ‘The haul of goat meat, cow's feet, poultry and smoked cattle hide was uncovered after a seven-month surveillance operation.’
    • ‘The production of leather from animal hides was a time-consuming and dreadfully smelly process.’
    skin, pelt, coat, fur, fleece
    leather
    fell
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    1. 1.1 Used to refer to a person's ability to withstand criticisms or insults:
      ‘she had never managed to develop a hide quite tough enough for his barbs to bounce off’
      • ‘So far he owes his survival to an extraordinarily thick political hide, which none of his detractors had previously credited him for.’
      • ‘Small wonder Eleanor later remarked: ‘Any woman who goes into public life has to have a hide like a rhinoceros.’’
      • ‘She laughs, radiant in her self-satisfaction, shielded by a hard hide and chutzpa from charges of vulgarity, greed or egomania.’
      • ‘Wasn't it really because he had the hide to be critical of business and ask tough questions.’
      • ‘A player might start out not looking very tough, but he develops a thick hide and becomes a tough guy at the height of his abilities.’
      • ‘I just have a thick hide and disregard what silly people say.’
      • ‘But does he have the thick hide needed for the rough'n'tumble of life in Sacramento?’
      • ‘Eight months after having learnt this elusive skill, I have a tough hide.’
      • ‘Fortunately, my hide was thick enough that I didn't let it get to me.’
      • ‘Those of us in the business for a while develop tough hides to absorb the ‘critiques’ of outraged readers.’
      • ‘And you have to hand it to John Howard - he has the thickest hide in town.’
      • ‘That, in turn, has opened him to many questions about the thickness of his political hide and his ability to take these blows like a man.’
      • ‘You've got to have a hide as thick as a rhinoceros to carry on and pretend nothing has happened.’
      • ‘Develop a thick hide and have patience - and keep writing, whether you get recognized or not.’
      • ‘Any writer hoping to break in must have the thickest hide.’
      • ‘The guy had a hide as thick as a rhino, loved his politics and he didn't have a mean bone in his body.’
      • ‘It takes a thick hide to stay in this field and be a survivor.’
      • ‘Not only do politicians require hides as thick as oxen, we expect them to have their constitution as well.’
      • ‘Behind the anecdotes, Manahan gained the tough hide of ego necessary to survive in the uncertain world of acting.’
      • ‘If he was an overly sensitive child he has grown a considerably thicker hide since then.’

Phrases

  • hide or hair of

    • [with negative]The slightest trace of:

      ‘I could find neither hide nor hair of him’
      • ‘She had seen his truck in the driveway when they walked over but hadn't seen hide or hair of him.’
      • ‘But we did not see hide nor hair of him - which is a pity, really - during the whole of the consideration of the legislation.’
      • ‘For the past 18 years no-one has seen hide nor hair of this shy, ground-dwelling bird.’
      • ‘The note was discovered three weeks ago - no one has seen hide nor hair of Brian or since.’
  • save one's hide

    • Escape from danger or difficulty.

      • ‘Corporations, their defense attorneys and lobbyists are swarming all over Washington seeking to save their collective hides.’
      • ‘I decide to lie to save my hide - who wouldn't except for, well, those goody-goodies with such conscientious hearts?’
      • ‘Now Jack must foil his own plans in order to save his hide.’
      • ‘Your only chance to save your hide is to go along with the program, like I did.’
  • tan (or whip) someone's hide

    • 1Beat or flog someone.

      • ‘My father would have tanned my hide if I pulled a stunt like that.’
      • ‘If your father hears you saying these things, he'll tan your hide.’
      • ‘Your cousin will tan my hide if I don't make certain that you're okay.’
      • ‘I remember when I was about 5 and I tried biting her because I couldn't have my own way over something - she was bruised for days, so was I. She bit me right back just as hard and then tanned my hide till I couldn't sit down.’
      • ‘You had better leave before she gets back or she'll tan your hide for certain sure.’
      • ‘Now Mirnola, you are not skipping out of here without a decent meal and a bath, or I'll tan your hide,’
      • ‘Jarrod found out he's been sneaking out at night and he tanned his hide.’
      • ‘Gimme any more lip and I'll tan your hide for all to see.’
      1. 1.1Punish someone severely.

Origin

Old English hȳd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch huid and German Haut.

Pronunciation:

hide

/hʌɪd/

Main definitions of hide in English

: hide1hide2hide3

hide3

noun

  • A former measure of land used in England, typically equal to between 60 and 120 acres, being the amount that would support a family and its dependants.

    • ‘Alfred and his successors had dealt with the problem by instituting the fyrd and military obligation was measured in hides.’
    • ‘This is one of the larger farms on the estate, with 51/2 hides of land.’
    • ‘The fyrd was raised by selective recruitment, rather than a general levy, usually drawing one man for every five hides of land.’
    • ‘In much of England the hide was reckoned as of 120 acres, in Wessex generally as of 40 or 48.’
    • ‘The ‘geld’, as it came to be called, was based on the ancient method of assessing land in hides, and was raised at a fixed rate of so much per hide.’

Origin

Old English hīd, hīgid, from the base of hīgan, hīwan ‘household members’, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

hide

/hʌɪd/