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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Covering the Face.
No malefactor was allowed, in ancient Persia, to look upon a king. So, in Esther vii. 5, when Haman fell into disgrace, being seen on the queen’s divan, “they instantly cover Haman’s face,” that he might not look on the face of Ahasuerus.   1
   In India a low caste man covers his mouth when speaking to one of high caste.   2

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