shy away

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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
    • O. H. Krill, A Situation Report on Our Acquisition of Advanced Technology and Interaction with Alien Cultures
      They may shy away if witnesses or law officers try to approach.

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