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be (not) backward in coming forward

To be reluctant or hesitant to voice one's opinion. I should have known that Josh would criticize my entire paper—he's not backward in coming forward. Patty tends to be backward in coming forward, so I don't think she'll say anything tonight. Our wedding is this weekend, so a snowstorm would be bad news indeed!
See also: backward, coming, forward