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She cowered in fear.
  show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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  • She cowered in fear.
  • She cowered behind her big sister.
  • But in his crouch was no hint of cower.
    Jack London  --  Jerry of the Islands
  • God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.
    Job 9:13 (NIV)

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  • Cole cowered on the ground, pain piercing his shoulder.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Instead of cowering next to my locker, I stand tall.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • He crouched cowering against the wall.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • The rest of my team did their best to cower in fear and not look like targets.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • The Dursleys were cowering against the wall.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • when the owner came to see what the excitement was about, the boy cowered as if he expected to be struck and threw up his arms as if to ward off the blow.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon

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  • Uncle Andrew cowered away from her.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • At the last second, the empousa turned toward me like a cowering victim.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Darzee and his wife only cowered down in the nest without answering, for from the thick grass at the foot of the bush there came a low hiss—
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • It took all my willpower not to cower.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • He didn’t particularly enjoy getting roughed up, but the alternative was to cower and beg, which he couldn’t lower himself to do.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • In this evil hole they cowered, hoping in its shadow to escape the attention of the Eye.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Then he cowered back.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • He cowered at each strike, pleading with her to stop and trying to cover himself, but she continued to wield the belt until her arms were too exhausted to move.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • I arched my back, cowering, but I didn’t want to raise my arm to cover myself, thinking she’d stop hitting me sooner if I didn’t do anything.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • The boy cowered, covered his face.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • I cowered, afraid of killing her with my claws.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • While I cowered, he loosened his bindings.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Thomas was embarrassed that they thought he was cowering there—he must look like a small child whimpering under his blankets, trying not to be seen.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • They slip through his fingers, but still he holds on to what he can until he’s there in front of the man and woman, who now hold each other as if cowering in the path of a tornado.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • They mostly cowered, keeping their eyes on the ground.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • It seems like we do a whole lot of cowering.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • The guards let me go, sprinting to capture him, and I cowered on the floor, petrified.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • He pointed at the first one, which showed a group of people, barefoot and in robes, cowering as the clouds above them opened up and a clawed hand reached down toward them.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Most of them were huddled together in groups, cowering as if they expected some horrible punishment from the new arrivals.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Horace cowered before Mr. White, his eyes on the floor.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I pushed it open to find myself cowering before a bearded giant in a blood-soaked apron.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I thought of Angeline and her pup cowering at the bottom of the den where they had taken refuge from the thundering apparition of the aircraft, and I was shamed.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • At the sound of Tehlu’s name the two red-masked figures cowered, then turned and ran off down the street.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Maratina filled a bucket with water and flung the contents towards our cowering screaming bodies.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Like that’s supposed to make them cower from me or something?"
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Cinder folded her arms, cowering into herself.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Now I was a weak, tiny mortal cowering in the darkness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Citizens who had cowered and fled before it in awe arose bravely and said, ’We can conquer everything else.’
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • I found myself cowering at the slightest sound or movement.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • They didn’t fetch or cower or make big-eyed faces that say: "Love me, please."
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • I swore at him and stepped over him as he cowered in the driveway.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • They cowered when they heard she’d be in charge of their school picnic.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I cower and hide my eyes.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • And here all of then— were whimpering and cowering, spooked by one doe.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • What young women are left dress themselves in rags, cower in basements.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A pitched, screaming battle ensued with the boys cowering in the back bedroom until they heard a shot, ran to the kitchen, and found their mother bleeding.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But even as she absorbed this knowledge she moved her head listlessly, conscious of something else, a voice, a man’s voice, orotund, powerful, raging at the half-cowering and perspiring figure whose back was to her but whom she dimly recognized by the green eyeshade gone askew on his brow as Sholom Weiss.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The little bronze faun in the fountain had both his arms raised, facing Athena, so he seemed to be cowering in fear of the new arrival.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I was ignored as Dougal turned and spoke in a tongue I dimly recognized as Gaelic to a woman who cowered in the corner.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
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