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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

a very shy person (usually negative) She's no shrinking violet. I wouldn't exactly describe him as a shrinking violet.
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shrinking violet, a

An extremely shy person, as in She was a shrinking violet until she went away to college. This metaphoric idiom refers to the flower, but the precise allusion is unclear, since violets thrive under a variety of conditions and often are considered a garden weed. [Early 1900s]
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shrink back

To draw back instinctively, as in alarm; recoil: The dog shrank back in fear when I raised my hand.
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shrink from

1. To draw back instinctively from someone or something; recoil from someone or something: The cat shrank from my touch.
2. To show reluctance to engage in or do something; hesitate to perform something, especially out of fear: I will not shrink from my duty as captain to defend the ship. They will not shrink from prosecuting each of us if they catch us stealing.
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n. a psychoanalyst or psychotherapist. I dropped a bundle on a shrink, but it didn’t help me.

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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Recognized for Innovation in the Shrink Film market, Gilbreth was awarded first place by the PLGA (Packaging & Label Gravure Association) 2010 Global Print Quality Awards in the "New Materials" category.
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The main concerns in using PETG shrink film are: (1) the onset shrink temperature of polyester shrink film is higher than that of PVC shrink film and (2) PETG shrinks too fast.
With the ability to offer 360[degrees] of graphics and information on consumer products, shrink films have been growing in popularity as a decorating option.
Again, this occurs because the core restricts the ability of the part to shrink away from the cavity surface.
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Although most materials grow when they get hot, zirconium tungstate does the exact opposite--it shrinks.
With this sort of knowledge under her belt, I figured Ravichandran would surely know why jeans shrink.
One challenge is to make sure the ink is flexible enough so that when the material shrinks, it doesn't crack, break or cause dark streaks when the pigments bundle up as it shrinks," says Gates.
Now, he and Atsushi Suzuki of Yokohama (Japan) National University have made a polymer that shrinks when subjected to light of visible wavelengths and reswells in the dark.
Anew line of micro-walled tubing shrinks at far lower temperatures than anything else on the market, says its maker, Advanced Polymers Inc.
Now Shrink Nanotechnologies creates products such as stem cell research devices and solar cells using a polymer that shrinks 95 percent and does so more consistently than the toy (60 percent shrinkage) that served as its inspiration," stated the article.
The laser energy shrinks the annulus and the leaflets of the valve, just as laser energy is used to shrink facial tissues to treat wrinkles.