tail between one's legs

State of feeling beaten, ashamed, or very obedient, as after a scolding or a whipping.
The army sent the enemy home with their tails between their legs.
The boys on the team had boasted they would win the tournament, but they went home with their tails between their legs.
(So called because a beaten dog usually puts his tail down between his legs and slinks away.)
Categories: feelings noun