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quail at someone or something

to show fear at someone or something; to shrink from someone or something. Todd quailed at the thought of what he had to do. The students quailed at the teacher who had been so hard on them in the past.
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While the amount of lead required on a quail at twenty yards is small compared to a forty-yard shot at a crossing dove, some amount of lead is still required.
We are seeing some good numbers of valley quail at higher elevations, along with a few smaller coveys of Gambel's quail,'' Horner said.
The present experiment was planned to study the effect of selection for higher three week body weight on overall growth performance in three generations of Japanese quail at Avian Research and Training (ART) Centre, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore.