Hide One's Light Under A Bushel Meaning

(idiomatic) To conceal one's talents or positive qualities, especially due to modesty or shyness; to avoid attention.

Example: 1910, P. G. Wodehouse, "Pillingshot, Detective":
  "[Y]ou've got a bright, intelligent face. I shouldn't wonder if you weren't rather clever. Why do you hide your light under a bushel?"
1950, "The Congress: The Elephant Hunt," Time, 13 March:
  "If he has ever hidden his light under a bushel, I am not aware of it. I have not observed that he is of the shrinking-violet type . . ."
2007, Joanna Moorhead , "Sisters vow to end their silence," guardian.co.uk, (retrieved 7 Sept. 2009):
  "British soroptimists have hidden their light under a bushel: there's a feeling here that we shouldn't seek publicity because we'd be drawing attention to ourselves."