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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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In the present study, we found that there was a similar expression trend of Nkx2-5 gene between chicken and quail during the whole course of experiment, but expression of Nkx2-5 gene in chicken was significantly lower than that in quail at the same point of time.
We are seeing some good numbers of valley quail at higher elevations, along with a few smaller coveys of Gambel's quail,'' Horner said.