Main definitions of hiding in US English:

: hiding1hiding2

hiding1

noun

informal
  • 1A physical beating.

    ‘they took off after him, caught him, and gave him a hiding’
    • ‘She told her to put the ‘damn phone’ away and said if she were her daughter she would have given her a good hiding.’
    • ‘I told Dorothy I would get a hiding for being so late but Dorothy said she would talk to my parents.’
    • ‘The minute offenders are apprehended, they are ushered to a quiet spot behind the bushes and will be on the receiving end of such a hiding that they are not likely to re-offend.’
    • ‘I was always chicken when it came to getting hidings from my father.’
    • ‘Mr Smith then heard them threaten: ‘We'll get you out, give you a good hiding and then put you back there for the night’.’
    • ‘I don't drink because I see a lot of people, they get hidings from their husbands.’
    • ‘In 1956, it was called getting a thrashing, or a hiding - or just ‘getting it’.’
    • ‘The justice replied that he was satisfied that it was not the father's fault that the boys had done what they did. He gave them a good hiding and it was no less than what they deserved.’
    • ‘The prosecutor said Foster, who was arrested in a pub, later told the police he was terrified he was going to get a hiding, having been told to get out of the car.’
    • ‘But a violent hiding, indulged in by parents who lash out at their children to cover up their own failings, only causes bitter resentment.’
    beating, battering, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, spanking, hammering, cuffing, thwacking, mauling, pelting
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    1. 1.1 A severe defeat.
      ‘if they'd played badly, they would have expected a hiding’
      • ‘It's all very well to talk about promoting the sport but try telling that to the Namibian players this week or whoever else have been on the end of a real hiding those past few weeks.’
      • ‘At 20-3 down they were looking at a real hiding, but they found some passion.’
      • ‘Last year, after the hiding from Cork, we got a bit of pride back the way the lads played against Galway in the Park, they went down fighting.’
      • ‘Alert readers may have noticed that the England cricket team has been on the wrong end of several hidings in recent years, and indeed have sunk to the level that they are now regarded as the weakest of the ‘top’ cricket nations.’
      • ‘A couple of good points from Therese Keenan sealed the issue and St. Laurences were suddenly on the wrong end of a ten-point hiding.’
      • ‘As with any team facing an Old Firm member in the Scottish Cup final, the script reads that you turn up, do your best, but prepare for a hiding and the consolation of a loser's medal.’
      • ‘We stand to get a hiding, but it ought to be exciting anyway.’
      • ‘In the second half, only a superb display by Paul Green in the Builders' goal separated them from a real hiding as they suffered a hangover from their midweek cup semi-final win.’
      • ‘It will be a case of reality-time on Saturday when the Redmen from Grafton travel to Lismore to take a likely hiding from the Greens.’
      • ‘As if that was not bad enough, Murphy then gave away a second penalty - earning himself a red card as well - to leave Shrimps looking at a hiding.’
      • ‘Meanwhile St. Peter's were receiving a hiding from a surprisingly slick Pembroke side, whose Ball, ending only hours before, had no doubt taken its toll.’
      • ‘Replacement keeper Matt Sargeant was brought on and striker Joel Rogers sacrificed, but that did not stop Epsom from being on the wrong end of a real hiding.’
      • ‘Even though Newcastle were on the wrong end of a hiding against Leicester last weekend, May repaid Andrew's faith by setting up Newcastle's two tries.’
      • ‘Whatever the excuses - and however valid they might be - the league leaders were given a right hiding by the Lanarkshire newcomers.’
      • ‘A few results offered false hope - a victory on Boxing Day away to Motherwell, Livingston taking a hiding at Perth.’
      • ‘Everyone agrees Northern Ireland are facing a hiding from England.’
      • ‘Enrico Chiesa completed the 8-1 hiding with a penalty.’
      • ‘Ally MacDonald's own goal in nine minutes then set Skye up for what might have been a real hiding, especially when Alan MacLeod was sent off in 35 minutes.’
      • ‘It's the right way to go and while a few hidings may be endured along the way, young players will by finding their feet at inter-county level.’
      • ‘Scotland suffered a humiliating hiding in this international friendly at Hampden Park today.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from hide + -ing.

Pronunciation

hiding

/ˈhaɪdɪŋ//ˈhīdiNG/

Main definitions of hiding in US English:

: hiding1hiding2

hiding2

noun

  • 1The action of concealing someone or something.

    • ‘The house we lived in was brilliant for hiding: lots of dark corners, low shelves, heavy curtains and piles of coats or dressing up clothes stacked in a big old chest.’
    • ‘I could understand the hiding of certain military secrets.’
    • ‘But of course a lot was being hidden, whoever was doing the hiding.’
    • ‘Being ‘patriotic’ in carrying out journalism may lead to self-censorship, and even the hiding of facts.’
    • ‘You know, this life of hiding and lying is no fun.’
    • ‘We go through the decorating of the Easter eggs and the hiding of the Easter eggs and the realization a week later that the smell coming from under the radiator is the egg that got away.’
    1. 1.1 The state of being hidden.
      ‘the shipowner had gone into hiding’
      • ‘Rogers then discharged himself and went into hiding.’
      • ‘The curtains on her bungalow home remained closed yesterday afternoon and locals said she may have gone into hiding to escape the media frenzy.’
      • ‘In January 2003, the BBC interviewed her; at that time, she had come out of hiding but was attended by bodyguards.’
      • ‘They say that African women in particular are desperate for asylum because of domestic violence in their home countries and that many have to go into hiding when they are deported.’
      • ‘During the weeks of terror that followed, two of the revolutionary leaders, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, went into hiding in Berlin.’
      • ‘The couple then went into hiding in Sheffield, first at a bed and breakfast and then at Foxhill Road for a couple of months.’
      • ‘Kerensky narrowly escaped this defeat, and for the next few weeks he lived in hiding until he could leave the country, eventually arriving in France.’
      • ‘A woman has gone into hiding after the businessman husband who tried to kill her was freed on bail, eight months into a 12-year jail term.’
      • ‘Surviving the trauma, she goes into hiding with her mother in a more remote village.’
      • ‘He added that he had gone into hiding for fear of his life.’
      • ‘Felipe had wanted to go into hiding after the threat, but Carmen had persuaded him that the family should stay together.’
      • ‘The members of the group fled and went into hiding.’
      • ‘A computer programmer from Wigan has gone into hiding after winning the jackpot on TV's Who Wants to be A Millionaire?’
      • ‘Bepe's alleged assailant has since gone into hiding, but police said they knew who they were looking for and expected to make an arrest soon.’
      • ‘They went to a hospital under police guard, then into hiding.’
      • ‘Many opposition supporters have fled into hiding.’
      • ‘When he eventually emerged from hiding, the controversial centre-forward dismissed the incident as a prank, and blamed the press for blowing matters out of proportion.’
      • ‘His five years in hiding also raise many questions.’
      • ‘Mr Chen remains in hiding after claiming there are a thousand agents for China operating in Australia and that people have been kidnapped and transported back to Beijing.’
      • ‘No one knows whether Defoe fought at this battle, but he certainly was forced into hiding afterwards and was lucky not to be caught and hanged.’
      hidden, concealed, lying low, gone to ground, gone to earth, gone underground, in a safe house
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Origin

Middle English: from hide + -ing.

Pronunciation

hiding

/ˈhaɪdɪŋ//ˈhīdiNG/