American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. A past tense of shrink.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A preterit of shrink.
- v. Simple past of shrink.
- n. US A large highly decorative Dutch or German-style piece of furniture, which combines aspects of a clothing wardrobe, curio, and cabinet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. of shrink.
- From Pennsylvania German; cognate to German Schrank. (Wiktionary)
“She dropped to 149 pounds over time and shrank from a size 28 to a size 8.”
“Her own loyalty was threatening to weaken, and she shuddered and shrank from the contempt she could see creeping in.”
“That he afterward shrank from the pursuit of perfection seems inarguable.”
“Having done so, he asked the House of Commons for its approval and never shrank from a vote of censure.”
“There were those who shrank from the surgery necessary to cut that cancer out of the nation.”
“He said scarcely a word; it was as though his unhappiness merely craved company and shrank from the knowledge of what the night might bring.”
“But at the same time he was dreading the meeting; he shrank from the thought of looking into Jack's eyes, cold – even scornful.”
“I shrank from the thought of the boy being taken away from us.”
“I cannot convey any idea of how distasteful the thing was to me; of how I shrank from the unpleasant conspicuousness of walking down a street lined with spectators.”
“The young urchin shrank away, abashed, for it was Miss Connie's voice.”
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