tail between one's legs
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- tail-between-one's-legs (attributive)
- (idiomatic) A reaction to a confrontation, specifically one with excessive shame and hurt pride.
- He retreated from the fight with his tail between his legs.
- He came back home, tail between his legs.
defeated; in a cowardly or miserable manner