draw in one's horns


draw in one's horns
draw in one's horns & pull in one's horns
Fig. to back down from a fight. •

For a minute it looked like they were gonna start sluggin' each other, but then they drew in their horns.

We tried to calm him down and get him to pull in his horns.

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See: PULL IN ONE'S HORNS.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • draw in one's horns — See: PULL IN ONE S HORNS …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • pull\ in\ one's\ horns — • pull in one s horns • draw in one s horns v. phr. informal 1. To reduce your boasts; calm down from a quarrel; back down on a promise. He said he could beat any man there single handed, but he pulled in his horns when Jack came forward. 2. To… …   Словарь американских идиом