"a flogging," 1809, from hide (n.1), perhaps in reference to a whip or thong made of animal hide. Old English had hyde ðolian "to undergo a flogging," and hydgild "fine paid to save one's skin (from a punishment by flogging)." The English expression a hiding to nothing (by 1905) referred to a situation where there was disgrace in defeat and no honor in victory.
1. The family was often in flight, hiding out in friends' houses.
2. The seal on the box broke when it fell from its hiding-place.
3. He has just begun his fourth year in hiding.
4. We believe she may have played a part in hiding the cash.
5. He then dismembered her, hiding parts of her body in the cellar.