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

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

Displaying or exuding noticeable or obvious 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 or overpowered. Once the meeting ended, poor Jeff practically ran away with his tail between his legs after being called out on all his miscalculations. Seth knows he's wrong, and he loves you, so it's only a matter of time till he shows up, his tail between his legs.
See also: between, leg, tail
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References in classic literature ?
On hearing this, the two Donkeys bowed their heads in shame, dropped their ears, and put their tails between their legs.
They came, snarling and slinking, their tails between their legs. Bukawai led them to the passage and drove them into it.
On many a high-leafed oak and thick pine he falls and brings them to the bounteous earth in mountain glens: then all the immense wood roars and the beasts shudder and put their tails between their legs, even those whose hide is covered with fur; for with his bitter blast he blows even through them although they are shaggy-breasted.
The only person to extract any concession from this group was Mrs Thatcher, all the other politicians who tried came back 'with their tails between their legs'.
Preston 6 Carlisle 1 CARLISLE'S assistant manager Davie Irons admits they left Deepdale with their tails between their legs after this thumping.
THE pooches that 101 Dalmations baddie Cruella De Vil is on her way to visit could be forgiven for tucking their tails between their legs.
And the Hoops fans - who had partied when Barca were sent home with their tails between their legs - were left distraught as wily old Andrea Pirlo lapped up another night of Euro glory.
It certainly isn't impossible that tomorrow the French will leave the field whipped, their Gallic tails between their legs.
Lazio, Inter and Atalanta are three of the sides to have been sent packing from Palermo with their tails between their legs and while Milan are the best team to have visited this season they are a bit too short at 5-6.
MY highlight of the season has to be seeing Tom Hicks and George Gillett sent packing with their tails between their legs.
Last time the Tigers travelled to Headingley, they came away with their tails between their legs on the back of a 76-12 defeat.
Street were aiming for their fourth successive away win, but left North Yorkshire with their tails between their legs following an unimpressive display in which they never really clicked into gear.
If there was conflict in this country today they would turn and run with their tails between their legs like the cowards they are.
City were sent home with their tails between their legs after the League One side came through 5-3 on penalties after a dramatic 2-2 draw last night.
A win and Austria are in the last eight, with Germany heading across the border with their tails between their legs again.