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    "cowards on the inside"

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    I think that "cowards on the inside" means insecure, doesn't it, please?

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    Re: "cowards on the inside"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I think that "cowards on the inside" means insecure, doesn't it, please?
    "insecure" would be acceptable here. I tend to think of it as meaning a lack of courage but a lack of courage could mean insecure.

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    Re: "cowards on the inside"

    The most important thing to keep in mind about bullies is that they pick on those whom they perceive as weaker, so as long as you remain passive and compliant, you make yourself a target. Many bullies are also cowards on the inside. When their victims begin to show backbone and stand up for their rights, the bully will often back down. This is true in schoolyards, as well as in domestic and office environments.
    This is not relevant from the language point of view, but I'd just like to say that the myth proposed here, supported by many schoolboy stories and films, has led to many believers being pounded to a pulp.

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