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crouch or curl up

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show submission or fear

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It was a slap rather than a blow, but the woman gave a sharp cry and cowered up against the barrow with her hand to her cheek.
He threatened the wailer with his fist, and the black cowered down, glaring at him with sullen eyes.
She tried to, but shrank back from the treacherous surface and cowered down.
Instead, he retired into himself, became sullen, undemonstrative, and, though he never cowered in defeat, and though he was always ready to snarl and bristle his hair in advertisement that inside he was himself and unconquered, he no longer burst out in furious anger.
Beyond this circle of death their comrades, bewildered and amazed, cowered away from this black tower and from these invincible men, who were most to be dreaded when hope was furthest from their hearts.
He saw me, but there was no kinship between us, and with him, at least, no sympathy of understanding; for he cowered perceptibly and dragged himself on.
Anne cowered deeper into her pillows as if desirous of hiding herself forever from mortal eyes.
In a corner formed by two houses, of which one advanced more than the other, she seated herself down and cowered together.
Brightness of midnight was ever around me; lonesomeness cowered beside her; and as a third, death-rattle stillness, the worst of my female friends.
Into the air again, the flying thing darted hither and thither, while the shrieking, shrinking women threw up their arms, tried to run away along the aisles, or cowered under their ironing boards.
Looking cautiously round, to ascertain that they were not overheard, the two hags cowered nearer to the fire, and chuckled heartily.
The home support crowded the perimeter fences baying for blood while Ferreira and his assistants cowered in the centre-circle after the final whistle to await reinforcements.
THE Sunday Mercury has never cowered from blasting some of the daft and sometimes downright sick exhibitions that masquerade as serious art.
When we first had her she cowered and growled when she heard young boys.
But far from enjoying the party Kieran, 20, cowered in a corner looking nervous while 22-year-old Macaulay propped up the bar swigging whisky and chain-smoking.