a shrinking violet

a shrinking violet

a very shy person (usually negative) She's no shrinking violet. I wouldn't exactly describe him as a shrinking violet.
See also: shrink, violet
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I'VE never been a shrinking violet, but to be called a Labour plant is a new one on me
OK, I may be exaggerating slightly there but it is true that the amount you get for your hard-earned dosh these days is definitely shrinking faster than a shrinking violet in a shrinking machine.
There was a time when Kate was a shrinking violet, too timid to make a stand - but not anymore.
But Eddy's daughter Saffy is no longer a shrinking violet.
I said to him: 'You're hardly a shrinking violet yourself.
I said to him, 'You are hardly a shrinking violet yourself Joey so come on mate.
Poor little Ian must be one hell of a shrinking violet.
JOHN Ashton, never a shrinking violet, has announced he is retiring as north west public health chief rather than apply after 13 years in the job for renewal.
Does he have to think before he laughs in case a shrinking violet in a neighbouring town may be offended?
Chef Gordon Ramsay is not a man known for being a shrinking violet.
A peculiar little love story this turns out to be, and both Groener and Didawick - neither performer a shrinking violet - play their roles with gusto.
Nobody has ever accused Doug Ellis of being a shrinking violet.
Yuskavage may never strike anyone as a shrinking violet, but the odd mixture o f empathy and prurience aroused by her early work clearly pointed to the confusing dialectic of shame and fascination.
Indeed, as the world's fastest means of moving four people around in a convertible car, it's never going to be a shrinking violet.
I said: 'You're hardly a shrinking violet yourself, so come on.