turn tail

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Rather than stepping up to combat the "anti-Israel" bias they allege at UNESCO, the Trump administration has chosen to turn tail and run, completely ceding influence to other powers such as China, Russia and the Arab states in an organisation that makes decisions on everything.
I bet Cameron is sorry he opened Pandora's box when he didn't need to, mind you having said that, when the decision didn't go his way he decided to turn tail and run.
"They [Turkish authorities] thought that we would turn tail and run!
A frightened animal may draw its tail between its legs, or it may turn tail and run.
01MR J Ashurst, of Liverpool described a British Falklands victory: "They had smothered their coal with thick black oil which caused a cloud of dense smoke through which the Inflexible, Invincible and Kent dashed through and were on the enemy before they could turn tail."
Maybe the Russian stooges who have declared an "independent republic" in eastern Ukraine will turn tail when they face real soldiers.
Custer was ambushed as the survey party worked, Sitting Bull was in turn attacked by the troops, and Custer and his men had to turn tail and repair to Bismark.
Wright said lions don't even take them on and she once saw a herd of elephants turn tail and flee an encounter with honey badgers, which have powerful jaws and sharp claws.
fiscal crisis remained delicate and any setback in resolving it could see markets quickly turn tail. "The situation is fluid, but it seems like progress is being made on averting the worst-case scenario.
Wolves do (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_attacks_on_humans) occasionally attack people 6 especially if they're starving, habituated to humans, or rabid 6 but despite their fierce portrayal in fairy tales and Liam Neeson movies, wolves actually are more likely to turn tail if they see a person.
It is when the temptation to be greedy becomes near irresistible that we shall turn tail and swim away from equities and that should be a long way away yet.