Is there a word or a phrasal verb that describes the action of covering your head for protection? I am not sure if this is warranted but "covering your head with both of your hands" is a mouthful, so I was wondering if it was possible to shorten it.
Shield: a person or thing providing protection.
"John was like a human shield, jumping in between the attackers and the unsuspecting victim"
synonyms: protection, guard, defence, cover, screen, shade, safety, security, shelter, safeguard, support, bulwark, protector
"He could only use his hands to shade his bald head from the blistering sun"
verb:protect from a danger, risk, or unpleasant experience.
"She pulled the construction hat over her head to shield herself from the falling debris but was unlucky and lost a thumb in the process."