Definitions

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  • v. to draw back in fear, cringe, back down

Etymologies

From shy + away. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have always been a fan of war movies and westerns and don't shy away from movie violence, having cut my teeth on Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde and developed a taste for Sam Pekinpah's movies as a teenager.

    Mothering in Real Time

  • Carnivores whose territory included the cave tended to shy away from it.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Her feyness and gift of prophecy had always made people shy away from her.

    Shield of Thunder

  • And if they have any photorecepting capability at all, they instinctively shy away from our lights.

    Flinx In Flux

  • And so the authorities shy away from taking measures against thesebandits, for they fear that, if they did, they would at once have the 'respectable' press against them, a fear which is only too justified.

    Mein Kampf

  • If investors haven't been in the market long enough, Mr. Bar-Or says, they may not see the "wisdom" of investing for the long term and therefore may shy away from what they perceive as higher-risk investments.

    Come On Gen X, Take Some Chances

  • I made it clear I saw the mandate review as a money-saving exercise, and that we were not going to shy away from “politically sensitive mandates,” the euphemism for Arab-Israeli issues, all true examples of UN “old thinking.”

    Surrender is not an Option

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