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hiding

noun
     
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hid‧ing
1 [uncountable] when someone stays somewhere in secret, especially because they have done something illegal or are in danger
be in/go into/come out of hiding
He went into hiding in 1973.
2 [singular] spoken informal
a) a severe physical punishment [= beating]:
You'll get a good hiding when you come home!
You're not too big for a hiding, you know.
b) DS an occasion when you defeat someone in a sports game
3

be on a hiding to nothing

British English informal to be completely wasting your time trying to do something

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