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draw (or pull) in one's horns

Definition of draw or pull in one's horns in English:

Become less assertive or ambitious.
Example sentences
  • This is not an argument for pulling in our horns.
  • Nonetheless, what we should do is to make a serious analytical effort to determine what overseas military commitments make sense and where we should pull in our horns.
  • A leader emboldened by four more years, with a greater mandate, is hardly likely to pull in his horns.
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