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



    BrE BrE//haɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haɪd//
    Animal farming
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  1. 1[countable] (British English) a place from which people can watch wild animals or birds, without being seen by them
  2. 2[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 The hide is tanned for leather. See related entries: Animal farming
  3. 3[singular] (informal, especially North American English) used to refer to somebody’s life or safety when they are in a difficult situation All he's worried about is his own hide (= himself).
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English hȳdan, of West Germanic origin. noun senses 2 to 3 Old English hȳd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch huid and German Haut.Idioms
    have/tan somebody’s hide
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    (old-fashioned, informal or humorous) to punish somebody severely
    not see hide nor hair of somebody/something
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    (informal) not to see somebody/something for some time I haven't seen hide nor hair of her for a month.
    save your (own) skin/hide/neck
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    to try to avoid death, punishment, etc., especially by leaving others in an extremely difficult situation To save his own skin, he lied and blamed the accident on his friend.
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