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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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In addition to a career in both the public and private business sectors, Quails served as a faculty member of the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University, course coordinator of the Graduate School of Banking of the.
In Jaen, the problem was among quail layers in Barangay Imbunya.
Growth curve analysis using nonlinear mixed model in divergently selected Japanese quails.
Keeping in view the above mentioned properties, in this study, a mixture of organic acids including lactic acid, citric acid and phosphoric acid was used in quails to study the effect on overall performance of Japanese quails and economics.
The effects of thermal manipulation during early and late embryogenesis on hatchability, hatching weight and body weight in Japanese quails (Cotumix cotumix japonica).
ABSTRACT: Quail has been declared as model poultry specie and large number of breed/varieties of quail exists in different parts of the world.
Five-week old quail were randomly allocated to the control (STD; n=20) and test (HFD; n = 18) diet.
The official said that the raid was carried out in the area after receiving information from the local tribesmen that a number of people are involved in gambling on quails fighting in the hilly spot of the village since along.
Add to casserole (once the liquid has reduced) 2 parsnips (peeled and cut into small batons) 3 carrots (the same way) and one 400g tin of drained borlotti beans, cook further 15 mins and stir in 100g baby spinach, add quails and cook a further 5 mins.
Three minutes later, I'm back inside the d'Arcys' farmhouse kitchen popping a just poached quail egg into my mouth.
But golfers in this region realize there's another golf course by a similar name, Quail Hollow Golf and Country Club.
The college recently hired Roark Perkins Perry Yelvington Architects of Little Rock to meet with students, faculty and staff to determine what features they want in the new center, Quails said.
One of only three farms in the GCC to breed quail, the farm which is situated in Al Ain outputs 15,000 quails per week, which it plans to increase to 50,000 per week by next February.
The isolates from France were also resistant to nalidixic acid; the isolates we have obtained from fresh quails imported from France are possibly related to these isolates.
While the individual quail are relatively small, the production of two million quails annually has an impact on a number of area businesses from as far south as Toronto and as north as New Liskeard.