to crouch, as in fear or shame.
- cow·er·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use cower in a sentence
Members of Congress were now huddled with their staff, cowering petrified behind furniture they had piled against their office doors.“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection | by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan | February 12, 2021 | ProPublica
In response, the US built rockets and American children learned to cower under their school desks in atomic bomb drills.Lunik: Inside the CIA’s audacious plot to steal a Soviet satellite | Bobbie Johnson | January 28, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The scenes of congressional representatives cowering on the House floor Wednesday are likely to revive calls for new domestic terrorism legislation.Domestic Terrorism: A More Urgent Threat, but Weaker Laws | by Sebastian Rotella | January 8, 2021 | ProPublica
Stewart cowered in the kitchen area and called police to tell them Mouser was hurting her mother, she said, but Blake took the phone from her and told them that nothing was wrong.Her Stepfather Admitted to Sexually Abusing Her. That Wasn’t Enough to Keep Her Safe. | by Nadia Sussman | September 18, 2020 | ProPublica
Breitbart forced her to correct a small part of her story, but witch hunts like these will leave every victim cowering.
Samwell Tarly starts the episode his same old pining, cowering self.Game of Thrones’ 'The Watchers on the Wall': The Battle of Castle Black Is One For the Ages | Andrew Romano | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The officers warned my cowering Oma (grandma) what might await the cousin if she ever did return.
The man who appears resolute and forceful in public is, behind closed doors, cowering in fear.
In the incident, 12-year-old Muhammad Al-Dura was reportedly shot and killed by Israeli forces while cowering behind his father.Press Advocates: Israeli Report On Al-Dura Affair 'Absurd and Unacceptable' | Ali Gharib | May 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The heir apparent and his brothers were cowering in fear, afraid to strike, yet hoping that others would strike for them.
Savage troopers urged their horses into the water and slashed cowering women with their sabers.
They entered a house where an apparently sick man sat cowering in a corner, wrapped in a blanket.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The inhabitants were cowering upon the floor, playing with the children, or assisting one another to get rid of their vermin.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Cowering amid some shrubs of dense foliage, he watched Malcolm dashing along the road to the Lahore Gate of the palace.
British Dictionary definitions for cower
(intr) to crouch or cringe, as in fear
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