hang one's head in shame

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hang one's head in shame

: to look down because one is ashamed
  • The defendant hung his head in shame.

Word by Word Definitions

hang play
  1. : to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend

  2. : to suspend by the neck until dead

  3. : to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension

  1. : the manner in which a thing is poised when suspended from above without support from below : the way in which a thing hangs (see 1hang)

  2. : declivity, slope

  3. : facility with or an understanding of something

shame play
  1. : a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety

  2. : the susceptibility to such emotion

  3. : a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute : ignominy

  1. : to bring shame to : disgrace

  2. : to put to shame by outdoing

  3. : to cause to feel shame


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