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Made yourself fearfully small? (7)

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cowered

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'made' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both to do with motion as well as being past participle verbs.
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(Other definitions for cowered that I've seen before include "Cringed" , "looked fearful" , "Showed fear" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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