hangdog look

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hangdog look

A self-pitying expression of abjection, defeat, shame, or guilt. Don't just stare at me with that hangdog look. You've already made a mess of things, so now you have to deal with it! The losing team walked away from the pitch with hangdog looks after their execrable defeat at the hands of their rivals.
See also: hangdog, look
References in classic literature ?
But as there is scarce any human good without its concomitant evil, so there are people who find an inconvenience in this unobserving temper of mankind; I mean persons who have no money; for as you are not put out of countenance, so neither are you cloathed or fed by those who do not know you.
At the witches market there was none of the hangdog look you find in the waiting rooms of modern hospitals.
He had a hangdog look about him, ho had no confidence at
A beaming smile replaced the weary hangdog look of a man with the weight of the Granite City on his shoulders.
THEY have all got that hangdog look, and you can see from their crimes why they are no longer man's best friend.
Hirers say they can spot these people through the walls because they have the hangdog look of someone who's sure he/she isn't going to be hired, but is going through the motions.
For a man whose face oozes gloom, it was not difficult for Grant to adopt a hangdog look as he pondered his future just a year afters taking Portsmouth in the same direction.
HAVING a hangdog look is no sign of guilt, say animal experts.
Wherever he's popping off to for his close season break I'd stay clear of him and the inevitable hangdog look that he'll have on his face.
On Friday, they were all at Ascot, and the hangdog look on the face of the first hardcore punter I encountered told me that a) he hadn't banked on this and b) he wasn't best pleased at having his day punctuated by the squawking of just the kind of person he'd come out to avoid spending time with.
Mom was crying because there wasn't any food in the house and Pop was just sitting there with that hangdog look on his face.
You know, the one with the big glasses, hangdog look and monotone voice that drones, "Visine--gets the red out.
The hangdog look of the animal as he slips away from human sight is the cause of the coyote's bad name.
Is this another clue to his status: his hangdog look, inability to explain?