tail between legs

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your tail between your legs

feeling ashamed and embarrassed After playing so badly for the entire game, the team walked off with their tails between their legs.
Etymology: based on the behavior of dogs, who will put their tails between their legs when someone speaks angrily to them
See also: leg, tail
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At least when he's been shamed for the umpteenth time and forced back, tail between legs, to thrash out yet another embarrassing reconciliation.
So I left, tail between legs, and went back to living my life, and that was the last time we spoke for 30 years,'' he explained.
I was devastated, but decided there and then that I wasn't leaving to tears and waves and returning tail between legs in the space of a week.
The more cynical could call it Ritchie returning, tail between legs, to his comfort zone.
Twenty minutes later he's back, tail between legs, with sheepish words of apology.
Having looked like getting something out of the game,Wolveswere instead sent packing, but at least not with their tail between legs.