draw or pull in one's horns

idi to restrain oneself; become less belligerent

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • draw (or pull) in one's horns — become less assertive or ambitious. → horn …   English new terms dictionary

  • pull in one's horns — ► draw (or pull) in one s horns become less assertive or ambitious. Main Entry: ↑horn …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • pull in one's horns — or[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 cut back… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull in one's horns — or[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 cut back… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull in one's horns — verb make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity We ll have to crawfish out from meeting with him He backed out of his earlier promise The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns • Syn: ↑retreat, ↑pull back, ↑back out, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw in one's horns — ► draw (or pull) in one s horns become less assertive or ambitious. Main Entry: ↑horn …   English terms dictionary

  • draw in one's horns — phrasal : to act more conservatively or cautiously than at some former time he d better draw in his horns if he wants to keep out of trouble * * * draw in one s horns ▪ To moderate one s ardour or pretensions ▪ To curtail or restrict one s… …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw\ 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

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

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