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cower
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Definition show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit

In classic literature, cower may also mean to crouch or curl up without any hint of fear.
  • She cowered in fear.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • She cowered behind her big sister.
  • cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • 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)
  • 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
  • cowered = showed fear
  • The Dursleys were cowering against the wall.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • Mowgli thrust his dead branch into the fire till the twigs lit and crackled, and whirled it above his head among the cowering wolves.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • We must all be alike. ... Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • cower = show fear
  • 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
  • cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • In this evil hole they cowered, hoping in its shadow to escape the attention of the Eye.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • cowered = ducked in fear
  • The boy cowered, covered his face.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • He crouched cowering against the wall.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • Uncle Andrew cowered away from her.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • 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
  • cower = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • It took all my willpower not to cower.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • cower = show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • Cole cowered on the ground, pain piercing his shoulder.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • Instead of cowering next to my locker, I stand tall.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • I cowered, afraid of killing her with my claws.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • cowered = showed fear by positioning the body
  • The rest of my team did their best to cower in fear and not look like targets.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • cower = show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
  • At the last second, the empousa turned toward me like a cowering victim.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit

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