To pull in one's horns
Posted by James Briggs on May 26, 2005
In Reply to: To pull in one's horns posted by David FG on May 25, 2005
: : Another origin that I've been asked for, but can't give - this is getting to be habit!
: : ORIGIN of the phrase, 'to pull one's horns in'.
: : Any ideas?
: I believe the reference is to snails, which when threatened 'draw in' their eyestalks (horns) in order to protect them.
Thanks for the help. I'd looked in Brewer, and that's what it says too, but I thought it a little too simplistic. However, it seems to be true. Thanks again.