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Definition of hiding noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hiding

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of being hidden After the trial, she had to go into hiding for several weeks. He only came out of hiding ten years after the war was over. We spent months in hiding. He had gone into hiding just after war broke out. The fugitive had spent five weeks in hiding.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (informal, especially British English) a physical punishment, usually involving being hit hard many times synonym beating to give somebody/get a (good) hiding (figurative) The team got a hiding in their last game.
  3. Word Origin noun sense 2 early 19th cent.: from hide ‘animal skin’ + -ing. noun sense 1 Middle English: from hide ‘conceal’ + -ing.Idioms (British English, informal) having no chance of success, or not getting much advantage even if you do succeed
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