cower (away) from (someone or something)

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cower (away) from (someone or something)

To move away from someone or something, usually out of fear. I cowered from the snake and prayed that it wouldn't see me.
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cower (away) from someone or something

to pull away from someone or something in fear. The coyote cowered away from the fire.
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cower from something

to drawback from the fear of something. The wolves cowered from the flames. Some excited hyenas cowered from the lions as they passed by.
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References in classic literature ?
The bushman was in mortal fear, led by all his training to expect nothing less than death; yet he did not cower away from them.
O'Neill was asked if the experience might spook his talisman but the manager knows Larsson is more likely to exorcise those ghosts in front of watching millions than cower away from them.