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A revolver-bullet rang on a rock by his side, and he cowered partridge-wise.
His head bowed on his breast, and he giggled and cowered alternately.
It was the tone she always heeded, but she cowered down in her seat, repeating vehemently: "No, no, no
The slave girls upon the dais shrieked and cowered away.
I had a keen eye apiece for them as I cowered closer to the wall, revolver in hand.
The Premier sprang to his feet with that quick, fierce gleam of his deep-set eyes before which a Cabinet has cowered.
It flashed into his head, as he cowered in the bottom of the car, that he might avoid all sorts of disagreeable and complicated explanations by pretending to be mad.
Cecco, bravest of the brave, cowered before his captain, crying "No, no"; but Hook was purring to his claw.
Six times he had returned to the treasure chamber, and six times Werper, the Belgian, had cowered in the black shadows at the far end of the long vault.
Ajor, having less knowledge of the effectiveness of firearms than I, and therefore greater confidence in them, entreated me to shoot the beast; but I knew that the chance that I could stop it with a single shot was most remote, while that I should but infuriate it was real and present; and so I waited for what seemed an eternity, watching those devilish points of fire glaring balefully at us, and listening to the ever-increasing volume of those seismic growls which seemed to rumble upward from the bowels of the earth, shaking the very cliffs beneath which we cowered, until at last I saw that the brute was again approaching the aperture.
She cowered down by her window and wished, for the first time in her gay young life, that she could die, too.
Monty was sitting up when they reached the hut, but at the sight of Trent's companion he cowered back and affected sleepiness.