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- v. to avoid, evade
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. avoid having to deal with some unpleasant task
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.
Carnivores whose territory included the cave tended to shy away from it.
Her feyness and gift of prophecy had always made people shy away from her.
And if they have any photorecepting capability at all, they instinctively shy away from our lights.
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.
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.
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.”