tail between one's legs
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From the body posture of a dog that is worried or frightened.
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defeated; in a cowardly or miserable manner
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- 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.
- “with your tail between your legs” (US) / “with your tail between your legs” (UK) in Macmillan English Dictionary.
- “tail between one's legs”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary, (Please provide a date or year).
- “with one's tail between one's legs”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.