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
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MY highlight of the season has to be seeing Tom Hicks and George Gillett sent packing with their tails between their legs.
But if you think England will be packing their bags and leaving South Africa with their tails between their legs, place your bet on Slovenia.
And I'm sure if we kick them, they won't walk away with their tails between their legs.
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.
Villa went to Old Trafford with their tails between their legs following a 5-0 defeat at Anfield but surprised even the most pessimistic of supporters with a performance of real character, despite going down 3-2.
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.
Of the Croke Park triumph, he said, "A lot of the Welsh players have come to Dublin in the past and they have been sent packing with their tails between their legs.
The Scots came home from Canada with their tails between their legs after failing to win a point in their group.
I AM appalled that the Conway Sisters have not slunk back to Sligo with their tails between their legs.
Since he wants to send both Taylor and DiBella on their way with their tails between their legs, Hopkins could get especially dirty tonight.
Wales returned with their tails between their legs and many observers calling for such tours to be shelved in future.
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