with (one's) tail between (one's) legs

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with (one's) tail between (one's) legs

Displaying embarrassment or shame, especially after losing or having to admit that one was wrong. Likened to a dog literally putting its tail between its legs after being disciplined. Poor Jeff left the meeting with his tail between his legs after being called out on all his miscalculations. The former star walked off, tail between legs, after striking out for the third time.
See also: leg, tail

with one's tail between one's legs

Fig. appearing frightened or cowardly. (Fig. on the image of a frightened or defeated dog going off threatened or humiliated.) John seems to lack courage. When people criticize him unjustly, he just goes away with his tail between his legs and doesn't tell them that they're wrong. The frightened dog ran away with its tail between its legs when the bigger dog growled.
See also: leg, tail

with your tail between your legs

If someone goes somewhere with their tail between their legs, they go there feeling very ashamed or embarrassed. I ran out of money, lost my job, my house, my girlfriend. I came home to Sydney with my tail between my legs. When Emma had left America last, it had been with her tail between her legs. Note: Dogs often go off with their tails down when they have been hit or shouted at.
See also: leg, tail

with (one's) tail between (one's) legs

In a state of humiliation or dejection.
See also: leg, tail
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At least when he's been shamed for the umpteenth time and forced back, tail between legs, to thrash out yet another embarrassing reconciliation.
So I left, tail between legs, and went back to living my life, and that was the last time we spoke for 30 years,'' he explained.
I was devastated, but decided there and then that I wasn't leaving to tears and waves and returning tail between legs in the space of a week.
The more cynical could call it Ritchie returning, tail between legs, to his comfort zone.
Twenty minutes later he's back, tail between legs, with sheepish words of apology.
Having looked like getting something out of the game,Wolveswere instead sent packing, but at least not with their tail between legs.