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horns draw in one's horns become less assertive or ambitious.
horns of Moses in traditional art, appearing in representations of Moses in which he is shown with horns, based on a misreading of the passage describing his descent from Mount Sinai, in which the Hebrew word for ‘rays of light’ as surrounding his head has been mistranslated.
horns of the altar the projections, resembling a horn, at each corner of the altar in the Jewish Temple.
on the horns of a dilemma faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives (a mid 16th-century source described dilemma as ‘a horned argument’ (after scholastic Latin argumentum cornutum), the idea being that avoidance of one ‘horn’ of the argument resulted in impalement on the other.

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