cower down


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cower down

To crouch or otherwise make oneself smaller, usually out of fear. When I heard that loud bang, I immediately cowered down behind the door.
See also: cower, down

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.
See also: cower, down
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Someone once said 'You can cower down and wait for the storm to pass, or learn to dance in the rain.
Uniformed officers who arrived at the scene had to cower down in face of the gunman.
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 and hide.