shy away

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From shy + away.

Verb[edit]

shy away (third-person singular simple present shies away, present participle shying away, simple past and past participle shied away)

  1. to draw back in fear, cringe, back down
    They may shy away if witnesses of law officers try to approach. —A Situation Report on Our Acquisition of Advanced Technology and Interaction with Alien Cultures by O.H. Krill

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