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, with 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 your tail between your legs

in a state of dejection or humiliation. informal
See also: leg, tail

with your tail between your ˈlegs

(informal) feeling ashamed, embarrassed or unhappy because you have been defeated or punished: They thought they would win easily, but they’ve gone home with their tails between their legs.
This idiom refers to the way a dog behaves when it is punished.
See also: leg, tail

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

In a state of humiliation or dejection.
See also: leg, tail
References in classic literature ?
He'll come back with his tail between his legs and settle down again quite comfortably.
He came skulking into camp like a beaten cur, with his tail between his legs.
Toto had run on ahead, frisking playfully, when suddenly he uttered a sharp bark of fear and came running back to them with his tail between his legs, as dogs do when they are frightened.
One thing is for sure, if Judy Murray had been in charge of the GB team, he would have faced the wrath of the Scottish tongue and disappeared with his tail between his legs.
Ireland v Scotland Group D, tomorrow, 5pm ROY KEANE has vowed to send Gordon Strachan back to Scotland with his tail between his legs.
Smith (above) last left these shores with his tail between his legs after our 3-0 Ashes victory.
Although, within other areas of the UK, the electorate gave their response to the campaigning of other failed MPs, all vying for the PS100,000 position of police commissioner, and in the case of John Prescott, he was sent with his tail between his legs, elsewhere, the regions had to tolerate failed MPs accessing another gravy train.
And I would put money on the fact that he will be coming back to me with his tail between his legs," she added.
Is this the same Roberto Mancini who brought Inter Milan to Anfield two seasons ago but left with his tail between his legs after being completely out-coached by Rafa Benitez?
But he only played five games before heading back home with his tail between his legs last month.
But a month later, realizing he had no better offers, he came back with his tail between his legs and ended up paying almost the entire closing cost.
I wonder: Is it too late for Brian to confront his demons, face up to reality, and return to the boys with his tail between his legs, before they record the World Cup theme tune?
Justin Leonard left Ireland with his tail between his legs after shooting 150 over the weekend in the AmEx, but even without that I would have fancied Scott Verplank, fourth and seventh in Vegas on two of three latest visits, to beat him at 6-5 as Justin has posted only two top-tens in a barren year.
After the collapse of his trial last year, Burrell should have left the country with his tail between his legs and the offers of lucrative national newspaper articles, TV interviews and public speaking events were deals he should have ignored, but he welcomed them eagerly.
To achieve peace in the region, he declared, Saddam would have to "go back to Baghdad with his tail between his legs.