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Instead he's run away, a statesman fleeing, tail between legs.
I was devastated, but decided there and then that I wasn't leaving to tears and waves and returning tail between legs in the space of a week.
In 2006, he went tail between legs to speak at Falwell's Liberty University.
At least when he's been shamed for the umpteenth time and forced back, tail between legs, to thrash out yet another embarrassing reconciliation.
``So I left, tail between legs, and went back to living my life, and that was the last time we spoke for 30 years,'' he explained.
The more cynical could call it Ritchie returning, tail between legs, to his comfort zone.
I've made a right idiot of myself' and had fantasies of having to slink back home, tail between legs.
After a shrug, the beast trudged off with tail between legs.