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quail at (something)

To become fearful of, nervous about, or averse to something; to avoid or shrink from something. I know that David quails at the thought of flying in an airplane. We quailed at the notion of shutting down the company that our great-great-grandfather created. We can't have you leading the team if you're going to quail at the first sign of difficulty.
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quail before (someone or something)

To tremble with fear before someone or something; to cower or whimper in the face of someone or something. The headmistress at my old school was so menacing—we all quailed before her whenever we were called to her office. The people of this country will quail before the might of our army.
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quail with (an emotion)

To shrink back, cower, or tremble as a result of some intense emotion, especially fear. The sight would make even the most stalwart quail with terror. My heart quailed with shame as I thought over what had happened.
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quail at someone or something

to show fear at someone or something; to shrink from someone or something. Todd quailed at the thought of what he had to do. The students quailed at the teacher who had been so hard on them in the past.
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quail before someone or something

to cower before or at the threat of someone or something. The students quailed before the angry principal. They quailed before the thought of punishment.
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n. any girl or woman, especially considered sexually. (Crude.) Look at that cute little quail over there.
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Changes in serum acute phase reactants, inflammatory mediators and gangliosides in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) with retained yolk sac.
Quail hunting runs in Phil's blood; years ago his father was manager of a quail hunting ranch called Matlacha Plantation which sprawled over much of what is now Cape Coral, Florida.
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The soldiers will also help destroy 200,000 infested quails, which are raised for eggs in several backyard farms in Jaen town.
Chefs at some chic eateries offer mushrooms stuffed with quail eggs (see photo at right).
Keywords: Flexible models, Growth curve, Janoschek model, Quail.
Weekly weight gain was used to work out total weight gain per quail.
e]), polymorphism information content (PIC), F-statistics and genetic distance (D) are accepted as the standard in SSR studies, these were used in determination of genetic variation of quail lines.
Hatfield finally reached the statue like pointer who was intensely starring at the quail.
The Coturnix, also known as Japanese quail, was imported to North America in the early 1800s from Europe and Asia.
The quail birds are also relatively easy to raise and call for a relatively smaller space compared to chickens.
Quail Flats paid $450,000 for the property, which used to house a gas station and a La Azteca Mexican grocery.
An affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC, a private investment company focused on energy infrastructure, has completed the purchase of the Quail Run Energy Center natural gas-fired combined cycle electric power generating facility in Odessa, Texas.
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Quail was drafted into the service by President Harry Truman in 1950, his rank at that time was recruit and after 18 months of service it was sergeant first class.