hide one's light under a bushel

Definition of hide one's light under a bushel

:to not tell others about one's talents, successes, ideas, etc.

Word by Word Definitions

hide play
  1. : any of various old English units of land area

  1. : to put out of sight : secrete

  2. : to conceal for shelter or protection : shield

  3. : to keep secret

  1. : blind

  1. : the skin of an animal whether raw or prepared for use

  2. : the life or physical well-being of a person

  1. : to give a beating to : flog

light play
  1. : something that makes vision possible

  2. : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

  3. : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of 299,792,458 meters (about 186,000 miles) per second

  1. : having light : bright

  2. : not dark, intense, or swarthy in color or coloring : pale

  3. : medium in saturation and high in lightness

  1. : to become light : brighten

  2. : to take fire

  3. : to ignite something (such as a cigarette)

  1. : having little weight : not heavy

  2. : designed to carry a comparatively small load

  3. : having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk

  1. : lightly

  2. : with little baggage

  1. : dismount

  2. : settle, alight

  3. : to fall unexpectedly

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

bushel play
  1. : any of various units of dry capacity — see Weights and Measures Table

  2. : a container holding a bushel

  3. : a large quantity

  1. : repair, renovate


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