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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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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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Melanie enjoyed the Shrinking Violet treatment courtesy of Chic Beauty at AM Hairdressing, 18 Braemar Road, Cathkin.
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But there is no on-the-record comment from the shrinking violet himself, it seems.
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He added, 'It would be quite wrong to take the view that you were some shrinking violet.
Does he have to think before he laughs in case a shrinking violet in a neighbouring town may be offended?
Nor would we dream of calling Juan Veron a shrinking violet.
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