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dying quail

In baseball, a pitch that is not hit very hard and, as a result, travels just past the infield. The imagery alludes to a quail that has just been shot and thus falls out of the sky. Smith hit a dying quail just past second base that allowed the runner to score.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


n. any girl or woman, especially considered sexually. (Crude.) Look at that cute little quail over there.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Sherer (2005).Economic traits and performance of Italian Quails reared of different cage stocking densities.
He explained that the quail egg production was risky because the product was still new to Batswana, adding that quail eggs had nutritional value.
The study sample is composed of 300 male Japanese quail. Seven evaluations (1, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 and 42 days after the birth of quails) of weight and height were performed as shown in Figure 1.
Three poachers engaged in falcon netting, one in quail netting and two others engaged in migratory birds hunting were arrested, Sajjad added.
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She also raised 200 quails to get protein-rich eggs and iron and vitamin-rich meat.
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.
Japanese quails are economically very important because of egg and meat production.
The effects of thermal manipulation during early and late embryogenesis on hatchability, hatching weight and body weight in Japanese quails (Cotumix cotumix japonica).
A total of 12 testes from quails were collected during summer, 9 during rainy, 6 during autumn and 9 during winter season were used for thorough histological study.
In the present study a set of 7 microsatellite markers (MS) were used selected from the FAO recommended (MoDAD) list and from previously reported markers for quails developed by University of British Columbia (UBC) Canada (Table 1).
Carcass studies of Japanese quails (Cortunix cortunix japonica) reared in hot humid climate of Eastern India.
BAJAUR AGENCY -- The political administration on Monday arrested sixty five people on the charge of gambling on quails fighting in the mountainous area of tehsil Salarzai in Bajaur Agency.