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hiding1

Syllabification: hid·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhīdiNG
 
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noun

informal
1A physical beating: they took off after him, caught him, and gave him a hiding
More example sentences
  • In 1956, it was called getting a thrashing, or a hiding - or just ‘getting it’.
  • I don't drink because I see a lot of people, they get hidings from their husbands.
  • I was always chicken when it came to getting hidings from my father.
1.1A severe defeat: if they’d played badly, they would have expected a hiding
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  • Scotland suffered a humiliating hiding in this international friendly at Hampden Park today.
  • A few results offered false hope - a victory on Boxing Day away to Motherwell, Livingston taking a hiding at Perth.
  • At 20-3 down they were looking at a real hiding, but they found some passion.

Origin

early 19th century: from hide2 + -ing1.

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hiding2

Syllabification: hid·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhīdiNG
 
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noun

1The action of concealing someone or something.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • You know, this life of hiding and lying is no fun.
  • But of course a lot was being hidden, whoever was doing the hiding.
1.1The state of being hidden: the shipowner had gone into hiding
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The couple then went into hiding in Sheffield, first at a bed and breakfast and then at Foxhill Road for a couple of months.
Synonyms
hidden, concealed, lying low, underground, in a safe house

Origin

Middle English: from hide1 + -ing1.

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