shy away


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shy away (from someone or something)

to avoid someone or something. The dog shies away from John since he kicked it. I can understand why the dog would shy away.
See also: away, shy

shy away

v.
1. To retreat out of a sense of shyness: The deer poked its head out from the bushes and then shied away when it saw me.
2. To avoid doing something, especially out of caution or anxiety: The company shied away from giving raises this year.
See also: away, shy
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I don't go looking for it and I don't go out of my way to cause an argument, but if someone comes at you on the pitch in the heat of the moment and the adrenaline is going then no one in this squad is one to shy away from it.
I am a Labour voter and I will probably vote Labour at the next General Election, not because of the leadership, who like the other main parties shy away from the issues people care about, but because the Labour MP for my area is a good one.
If I shy away from that, I am taking a lot away from my game so I will keep getting in there and you make your luck and the goals will come.
Vizzini doesn't shy away from descriptions of sex, drugs and drinking--nor does he avoid swearwords or raunchy language.
Though highly readable, Getting Rich In Your Underwear does not shy away from details or mathematics, and offers sample calculations and forms to get the reader acquainted with necessary accounting matters.
Although the temporal lobe surgery is a standard option for people in whom epilepsy seizures aren't prevented by drugs, many people shy away from it.
If we want the next generation to make wise choices and treat the Earth and its creatures better than this and past generations, then we must never shy away from telling them the truth: Real environmentalists don't eat animals.
Johnson doesn't shy away from ugliness or harshness; her body--like a landscape that has weathered violent storms and halcyon days--reveals an artist working on the deepest emotional levels.
As he writes, "Elected officials love to talk about 'family values' but shy away from proposing anything big or new that would actually help parents juggle the tasks of earning a living and raising a family.
I'd like to cease experiencing these calf cramps but I shy away from electrolyte overloading.
The dynamic young couple never shy away from being willing to do the "unglamourous jobs" to satisfy a customer, even if means donning the cleaning garb themselves.
In supporting that aim, we will endeavor to bring our readership high quality, original and challenging articles that do not shy away from asking tough questions and proposing innovative solutions.
Hussein Sadruddin, the overworked detention project coordinator for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, can speak to any number of problems that need addressing: an old meatpacking plant converted into a giant human cage; local police and INS trolling for arrests at mosques and small businesses; funders that shy away from giving money to help "criminal aliens.
Drawing on the idea that on election night commentators and representatives of the different parties interpret the results according to their own interests, Vallaure and Lamata twisted their language to put forth a critique of contemporary politicians' inclination to distor t reality, take advantage of ambiguity, and shy away from precise meanings.