There are 2 definitions of hiding in English:

hiding1

Line breaks: hid¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪdɪŋ
 
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noun

informal

Phrases

be on a hiding to nothing

British Be unlikely to succeed, or be unlikely to gain much advantage if one does: politically we are on a hiding to nothing in the long run
[originally used in racing, of a horse expected to win easily but to gain no credit for doing so]
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  • He's on a hiding to nothing because he's not Scottish and he's certainly taking a hell of a lot of flak for us players.
  • We looked on a hiding to nothing here, considering our away record and the fact that City had signed a new player.
  • I'll be a young granny, but if my kids have kids in their 20s and think I'm going to look after them full-time, they're on a hiding to nothing.

Origin

early 19th century: from hide2 + -ing1.

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There are 2 definitions of hiding in English:

hiding2

Line breaks: hid¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪdɪŋ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The action of concealing someone or something.
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    • 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, gone to ground, gone to earth, gone underground, in a safe house; in seclusion, in retreat
    British informal lying doggo

Origin

Middle English: from hide1 + -ing1.

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