(entered for 04.07.06)
Meaning: to lower into a defensive posture . Meanings and translations.
Rewrite 1: squat and shiver in fear
Rewrite 2: roll up into a ball and hope no one notices
Rewrite 3: cower in a corner
Rewrite 4: let the wall cover your back and the floor cover your behind
Comment: Important in this cliché is the “defensive” element, although a case could be made for melting in fear.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Cricinfo: Reversing the Clichés: “This was a very good day for England and a rotten one for some threadbare cricketing clichés” (article about cricket).
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