cower down

(redirected from cowered down)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in classic literature ?
She cowered down by her window and wished, for the first time in her gay young life, that she could die, too.
Wet, half famished, and chilled to the heart with the dampness of the place, and nearly wild with the pain I endured, I fairly cowered down to the earth under this multiplication of hardships, and abandoned myself to frightful anticipations of evil; and my companion, whose spirit at last was a good deal broken, scarcely uttered a word during the whole night.
He threatened the wailer with his fist, and the black cowered down, glaring at him with sullen eyes.
She tried to, but shrank back from the treacherous surface and cowered down.
She cowered down and trembled and did not fight back.
He cowered down upon his stone bed, and thought of the past.
Every boy was there, but every boy was afraid to speak, so Squeers glared along the lines to assure himself; and every eye drooped, and every head cowered down, as he did so.
Besmeared with mire; his saturated clothes clinging with a damp embrace about his limbs; his beard unshaven, his face unwashed, his meagre cheeks worn into deep hollows,--a more miserable wretch could hardly be, than this man who now cowered down upon the widow's hearth, and watched the struggling flame with bloodshot eyes.
Kotick roared in answer, and old Sea Catch waddled in with his mustache on end, blowing like a locomotive, while Matkah and the seal that was going to marry Kotick cowered down and admired their men-folk.
Bagheera shivered, and cowered down. He could understand, if the worst came to the worst, a quick rush down the village street, and a right and left blow into a crowd, or a crafty killing of men as they ploughed in the twilight; but this scheme for deliberately blotting out an entire village from the eyes of man and beast frightened him.
It was the tone she always heeded, but she cowered down in her seat, repeating vehemently: "No, no, no!"
"It's likely that she cowered down to protect herself from the flames and came out with a few burns and smoke inhalation."
But Congress has never cowered down and it will never cower down," she asserted.
He said that PPP is the largest federal party in the country, adding that despite facing ups and downs in its political journey, the party had not cowered down. On behalf of PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari the former both the ministers have expressed solidarity with the rain-storm affectees and prayed for their early recovery.
"I looked out the bedroom window and then there was a big bang, I just cowered down in the bedroom.