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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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As an urban black male, coming of age during Generation X, he doesn't cower from unabashedly addressing his heart's emotional architecture, and he does it with more than mack daddy acrobatic rhapsodies.
He saw Maryland dunk, he saw UCLA cower from contact, and he did not sleep at all that night.