Pull-one-s-head-in meaning

(figuratively, Australia, New Zealand) To withdraw; to discontinue what one is doing or saying; to back off.

I really should have pulled my head in once they produced that evidence.

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Origin of pull-one-s-head-in

  • Perhaps from the habit of soldiers poking their heads out of army troop trains to make smart remarks, or in reference to a turtle drawing its head inside its shell for protection. Australian from circa 1930.
    From Wiktionary