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shrink back

To recede or recoil. The way the gums are shrinking back from your teeth is a clear sign of gingivitis. The child shrank back when we approached the house.
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shrink back

v.
To draw back instinctively, as in alarm; recoil: The dog shrank back in fear when I raised my hand.
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But when I delete the macros, the files don't shrink back to their original size.
We both, for example, rely heavily on data and projections developed by the United Nation's Population Division, which in recent years has been ratcheting down its estimates of future population By 2300, the United Nations projects that world population could be below the level of 1960, and that the United States will shrink back to the population it had in 1950--only with a far greater share of eiders.
And when the extra capacity was no longer needed, the truck would simply shrink back down to a two-seater again.
To me, adventure and pressing forth is a natural part of who I am and who we are as a species - to shrink back is not an option,'' Carlock said.
Some of the gallery staff seem to shrink back in horror as if another pesky artist is the last person they want to talk to.
Doing this allows the wood to expand a little, then shrink back to pull tight and lay flat, and is an essential part of the project to prevent swelling and puckering occurring every time the room gets a little damp.
Our mission for the next year and beyond is to do what we do best--to support each other, to sustain each other, and to stand in the center of the fire together, and not shrink back.
Bush's formulation took many at the State Department by surprise, but Powell says it was "a statement that all of us had seen beforehand", adding: "We will not shrink back from that early clarity of purpose".
The houses also have a high fire safety rating and in intense heat the internal insulation of polystyrene would shrink back and the external finish would survive the flames.
By 2090, the desert will shrink back to occupy an area about the same size that it covered in 1900, says Meehl.
We must allow and encourage our population to shrink back to a sustainable size while we preserve a tolerable standard of living and the freedom of individual choice.
It gets so you shrink back in terror every time she marches into Caan's room.
This is not the time to shrink back because of the crisis we are in.
There was nothing easy or inevitable about this: Some minorities do well when the establishment tries to crush them and they shrink back into their own ghettoes - witness the Old Believers, but also the overseas Chinese.