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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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To my shame be it, I cowered away from the blow and ran out the galley door.
Beyond this circle of death their comrades, bewildered and amazed, cowered away from this black tower and from these invincible men, who were most to be dreaded when hope was furthest from their hearts.
The DISY MP shot back at Charalambidou on Monday, posting a lengthy status claiming that the two parties have "chaotic differences in a variety of matters", that he has never cowered away from difficult issues and has always voiced his opinion while rejecting the notion that voting against the bill was an attempt to drag society back to the dark ages.
A four-year-old girl who was in the car parked outside Boyle's home on April 3 screamed in terror as she cowered away from the blade.
He added: "When asked how the dog reacted to being punched he said it would yelp and cowered away from him.
Arthur recalls that as the Indians cowered away from their Adelaide Oval hiding in January, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and opener Ed Cowan wandered over and handed the Australian coach a package.
The helmsman and the radio operator cowered away from me, their hands in front of their faces, shouting something in Spanish that I didn't need to be a linguist to understand.
He said at times Clare did not recognise her mother Dawn, who suffers from cancer, and cowered away from her in fear.
As her illness worsened, she couldn't recognise mum Dawn and cowered away from her in terror.
His body flitted back and forth between man and coyote, then the coyote dropped on all fours and cowered away from me.