Thesaurus / turn tail
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Left without guidance a pony tends to edge more or less away from the wind, in order to turn tail to the weather.
BLAZED TRAIL STORIESSTEWART EDWARD WHITE
He could believe that gauge and turn tail—or he could figure it was wrong and go on.
A YANKEE FLIER WITH THE R.A.F.RUTHERFORD G. MONTGOMERY
He insulted me so grievously that I had to turn tail and run away from him.
MARION FAYANTHONY TROLLOPE
As I got higher it became hail, and I had to turn tail to it.
DANGER! AND OTHER STORIESARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Those are her matches on the floor; she wasn't going to turn tail till she'd done her job—and didn't till I nearly trod on it!
THE CRIME DOCTORERNEST WILLIAM HORNUNG
It made him growl to turn tail to them now, and trot to shelter from every shower like a hen.
THE BONDBOYGEORGE W. (GEORGE WASHINGTON) OGDEN
It was natural to him not to cease from doing well or complain of faring ill, as it is natural to a soldier not to turn tail.
WILLIAM BLAKEALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE
With a fierce hiss he rushed right at Johnny Chuck, expecting to see him turn tail and run.
But I heard it, and by stamping and driving my stick in I was able to make it turn tail and go off, cursing.
THE FIVE JARSMONTAGUE RHODES JAMES
Immediately there arose a wailing and weeping; our brave little army cried to be allowed to turn tail and depart to its beds.
ADVENTURES IN SWAZILANDOWEN ROWE O'NEIL

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