hangdog expression

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hangdog expression

A self-pitying expression of abjection, defeat, shame, or guilt. Don't just stare at me with that hangdog expression. You've already made a mess of things, so now you have to deal with it! The losing team walked away from the pitch with hangdog expressions after their execrable defeat at the hands of their rivals.
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She barks at nothing, gets herself into pickles and, when she is feeling out of sorts, sports an absolutely spot-on hang-dog expression. Did I say she only has one eye?
| Pop art bulldog, PS15, BHS WITH his hang-dog expression and face made up of newspaper cuttings of financial news, this little rascal is a cute example of the typical British bulldog spirit.
He'd noted a hang-dog expression about the former Newcastle manager -- an apologetic manner that had clung to him since a second successive 3-0 defeat in the Wear-Tyne derby.
Roy Hodgson (pictured below) at Liverpool, a man for whom the term 'hang-dog expression' might have been invented, has suffered the axe at Liverpool.
Grant, with shoulders hunched, went down the tunnel with even more of a hang-dog expression than usual, before once again complaining about the standard of refereeing - his ire this week directed at Kevin Friend.
Starkey's hang-dog expression belied a razor-sharp wit and an even sharper racing brain.
Her normal hang-dog expression gets 10 times worse as she is banged up, too terri-fied to even leave her cell.
Llandovery's Iestyn Thomas had the hang-dog expression of a man who couldn't quite believe what he had just witnessed.
Eighteen-year-old Valverde's melancholy babyface and hang-dog expression contribute little, and the actress becomes an automaton whenever the action begins.
He used to walk onto the stage with a hang-dog expression and reel of f a load of moans and complaints about life in general and then he would come out with his catchphrase 'it's being so happy that keeps me going'.
IN a world where Grumpy Cat gets millions of hits on the internet, it's great to get a story about a panda with the same kind of hang-dog expression.
Puffin, PS10.99 (hardback), PS6.99 (paperback) IN a world where Grumpy Cat gets millions of hits on the internet, it's great to get a story about a panda with the same kind of hang-dog expression.
How could he not be with those eyebrows and that hang-dog expression?
The Scot, who even in victory has a hang-dog expression that suggests he feels every ounce of his burden, became the first Briton in 74 years to reach a men's singles final.
"My only criticism of Walter is his hang-dog expression. Someone should tell him he's allowed to smile when we win."