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.
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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
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.
It was the tone she always heeded, but she cowered down in her seat, repeating vehemently: "No, no, no
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.
I looked out the bedroom window and then there was a big bang, I just cowered down in the bedroom.
The dog began whimpering and cowered down at Kitts' feet.
As the country cowered down in fear of the swinging axe from the Governmentspending cuts, where very few will escape some sort of direct or indirect knock-on effect, a footballer was rewarded with a new lucrative contract and riches and rewards beyond the average person's dreams.
Mr Johnson said she could hear him driving around looking for her as she cowered down the alley.