hide light under a bushel

hide light under a bushel


  • to show modesty towards something or someone
  • to express humility

Example Sentences

  1. The man kept hiding his light under a bushel even though the whole neighbourhood is aware of his cleanliness initiatives for the society.
  2. She ranked number one in the university and still hides her light under a bushel. Her family must be so proud.
  3. He has singly brought up his business over the last twenty one years and does not hide his light under a bushel.
  4. I am aware that although hiding his light under a bushel will be better but choose to let people know of his courageous acts.
  5. It is important that a person is able to hide his light under a bushel since that shows his true character towards his achievements.
  6. No matter how much he tries, his talkative and over enthusiastic nature does not allow him to hide his light under a bushel.


The literary origin of this phrase comes from the holy Bible. Mathew 5:15, rendered in the King James Version, “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”

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