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shrinking violet

A negative term for a very shy person. After years of being seen as nothing more than a shrinking violet, Christine decided to overcome her fears and start talking to strangers.
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shrinking violet

Fig. someone who is very shy and not assertive. I am not exactly a shrinking violet, but I don't have the guts to say what you said to her.
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a shrinking violet

If you describe someone as a shrinking violet, you mean that they are very shy. Give him a tough assignment and he turns into a shrinking violet. None of the women he paints could be described as shrinking violets. Note: You can say that someone is no shrinking violet to mean that they are very self-confident. Amber is no shrinking violet. She is a brash colourful character. Note: In the past, violets were considered to be a symbol of modesty, because of their small size and the fact that the flowers remain hidden among the leaves until they open.
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shrinking violet

an exaggeratedly shy person. informal
2004 Sunday Times Clough was no shrinking violet. He had absolute belief in himself and his methods, and wasn't afraid to say so to anybody.
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a ˌshrinking ˈviolet

(humorous) a very shy person who is easily frightened: I can’t imagine why a dynamic young woman like her is marrying a shrinking violet like him.
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shrinking violet

A shy person. The violet flower gives the impression of shyness, growing as it does close to the protective ground and often beneath other plants, shrubs and trees. Compared to other larger foliage, violets do seem to look as though they are shrinking, growing smaller. As applied to shy people, the phrase first appeared in both America and Great Britain in the 1820s.
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She plays the shrinking violet, who has been brought up by her religiously zealous mother (Julianne Moore).
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There will also be a continual clamour for him to enter the political arena and comment on government policies, and we are pleased to note that The Most Rev Welby has already shown he will not be a shrinking violet.
They are not because the most important thing in my life is me Lawyer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Nancy Dell'Olio, below, is no shrinking violet Champagne, champagne.
I want to get to the nitty gritty; I want to know what really makes this guy tick because you don't make a billion dollars as the world's most successful composer by being a shrinking violet.
When the planned murder of Fred Hale goes awry and innocent cafe waitress Rose (Andrea Riseborough) witnesses the chase, Pinkie sets out to seduce the shrinking violet to win her silence.
I said to him: 'You're hardly a shrinking violet yourself.
AUSSIE singer-songwriter McCue is no shrinking violet, fronting her own power trio with ferocious guitar one moment and the lightest of touches the next.
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.
This Cinderella is no shrinking violet but a tough little cookie in a gamine haircut who gives as good as she gets, socking her stepsisters (two travesty roles) when she can get away with it.
Roosevelt is no shrinking violet, but this is not a knife job or a backstabbing tale.
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I'VE never been a shrinking violet, but to be called a Labour plant is a new one on me