tail between one's legs

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tail between one's legs (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) A reaction to a confrontation, specifically one with excessive shame and hurt pride.
    • 2013, Alistair Moffat, ‎Susan Mansfield, ‎Alexander Smith, The Great Tapestry of Scotland: The Making of a Masterpiece:
      That whole campaign was a damp squib, they cranked it up as a real possibility that Scotland might win, and when we actually got there it didn't happen like that, and everybody came home quite early with their tails between their legs.
    He retreated from the fight with his tail between his legs.
    He came back home, tail between his legs.