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English definition of “leave, go off, etc. with your tail between your legs”

leave, go off, etc. with your tail between your legs

to leave, feeling ashamed and embarrassed because you have failed or made a mistake: The losing team went off with their tails between their legs.Losing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport
(Definition of leave, go off, etc. with your tail between your legs from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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