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shy away from

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shy away from avoid having to deal with some unpleasant task "I shy away from this task"
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Usage

In literature:

It was Carrie who shied away from him.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
His dark eyes flashed fatally, away from us, in the direction of the shy dummy; and then he went on with cultivated cynicism.
"The Arrow of Gold" by Joseph Conrad
He shied away from it quickly as if it were a great snake.
"The Third Violet" by Stephen Crane
He shied and wheeled suddenly to get away from the annoying kite.
"Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's" by Laura Lee Hope
He was away from his work and his eyes searched it with a shy fondness of hope.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
It was soon obvious to Susan that politicians in the East as well as in Kansas were shying away from woman suffrage.
"Susan B. Anthony" by Alma Lutz
When he tried, his thoughts simply shied away from the subject.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
She shied away from the thought momentarily, then forced herself back.
"Thakur-na" by Ann Wilson
It rather takes my breath away, at times, and I shy away from it the same as Pauline Augusta shies away from the sight of blood.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Why, if that horse had shied towards me instead of away from me when I jumped from that tree, I might have been very much hurt.
"The Squirrel Inn" by Frank R. Stockton
Drawing it away from him with shy haste, Monica walks on in silence.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
Some winged creature dipped down, shied away from him, and swept off into the darkness.
"Ye of Little Faith" by Roger Phillips Graham
She paused in sudden alarm, then hunched herself together, and shied away from it as from a ghost.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
But I shied away from it in a panic, as a colt shies at a fallen newspaper.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
But the very sharpness of that interest makes him shy away awkwardly from the subject of her past.
"Alas!" by Rhoda Broughton
She shied away from any hint of the personal like a burnt child in the vicinity of fire.
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Only Dolly was fresh and prim and shy, as girls are, and she put the thought far away from her.
"Old Kensington" by Miss Thackeray
The modern reader is very shy, and easily breaks away from you, if you only give him a pretext.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1893" by Various
Possibly some readers may shy away from my book, deeming that its subject is hackneyed and worn out.
"The Brothers' War" by John Calvin Reed
Young Bombs shied away from the flattering spectators and went over to the secluded corner where Adelaide was sitting.
"The Independence Day Horror at Killsbury" by Asenath Carver Coolidge
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In news:

Linkin Park have never been ones to shy away from trying new things on the stage and in the studio.
He would work and do things that other people shied away from.
The Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota doesn't shy away from ambitious projects.
The show doesn't shy away from that.
Rihanna has never been one to shy away from controversy.
She may have shied away from public attention when her cheating scandal broke, but Kristen Stewart isn't concerned about nude scenes in her latest movie On The Road, and RadarOnline.com has the pictures.
Matt Barkley 's injury opens a chance for Max Wittek to play quarterback at USC, and he's not shying away from top-ranked Notre Dame.
When it comes to makeup, yes, it's wise to rely on what works for you — which often means shying away from slave-to-fashion trends.
Chang doesn't shy away from tough themes in his work.
Israel's current government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has never shied away from engaging its critics abroad, as is evident by the numerous op-eds authored by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg shot down reports Tuesday that he urged Hillary Clinton to make a run at City Hall, but didn't shy away from praising one potential candidate's work.
The show didn't shy away from the controversy, opening with a string of news and interview clips about Conner 's woes.
The Governor has never shied away from the spotlight, so that was curious enough.
This August, lawmakers have shied away from holding them.
In true literary-fiction style, this locally written novel shies away from plot.
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In science:

One was that we rather shied away from the issue of counting sets with extremely small doubling property, resorting instead to the trick of Proposition 19.
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
Also, some astronomers shy away from the nuclear and neutrino realm, and are more interested in the dominant signatures of the Universe − those in photons.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
These are of great importance, since they are precise calculations that do not shy away from taking into account the full dynamics of the theory.
Canonical quantization of general relativity: the last 18 years in a nutshell
Quite the contrary, he will never shy away from an opportunity to explore an unknown, possibly eccentric grounds. I will therefore attempt to explore some of the less known aspects of his work, which I find always interesting, and occasionally spectacular.
The work of Fred Cohen
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