Cower down - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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To crouch or otherwise make oneself smaller, usually out of fear. When I heard that loud bang, I immediately cowered down behind the door.
cower down (from something) and cower down (with something)
to crouch down, displaying an emotion, such as fear. They cowered down with sheer terror. I would cower down from fright in a similar situation.
References in periodicals archive
Someone once said 'You can cower down
and wait for the storm to pass, or learn to dance in the rain.
The only alternative is to cower down
and be shot at.
Uniformed officers who arrived at the scene had to cower down
in face of the gunman.
Balaam's ass had it right to step aside and cower down
They cower down
and allow him to dictate the pace rather than being an elective body.
It's an adjustment because at this level the kids kind of cower down
if you yell too much, so I've been trying to watch myself,'' he said.
Mr Maguire said: "There is an evil preying on vulnerable people because they think we'll cower down
and take it.
There's always pressure when you are not doing too well but it's about how you cope with that - whether you stand up to it and take it like a man or cower down