American English

Definition of hide noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] an animal's skin, especially when it is bought or sold or used for leather boots made from buffalo hide a black hide belt
  2. 2[singular] (informal) used to refer to someone's life or safety when they are in a difficult situation All he's worried about is his own hide (= himself). She'd do anything to save her own hide.
  3. Idioms
    have/tan somebody's hide (old-fashioned) (informal or humorous)
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    to punish someone severely
    not see hide nor hair of somebody/something (informal)
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    not to see someone or something for some time I haven't seen hide nor hair of her for a month.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hide