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turns tail

phrase
present tense third-person singular of turn tail

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to hasten away from something dangerous or frightening
  • You can't go around starting fights and then turning tail when they don't go your way.

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“Turns tail.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/turns%20tail. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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