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shrink back

To recede or recoil. The way the gums are shrinking back from your teeth is a clear sign of gingivitis. The child shrank back when we approached the house.
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shrink back

v.
To draw back instinctively, as in alarm; recoil: The dog shrank back in fear when I raised my hand.
See also: back, shrink
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screeched the sacristan, again shrinking back in horror.
Originally 17g when they were first launched, the chocolate content went up in 2007 to 20g, before shrinking back down four years later.
Cocktails are shrinking back to more traditional sizes.
41 research credit "shrinking back" rule to prototype costs.
The BBA has seen an annual growth in credit card borrowing of 6.5%, but this has been eclipsed by borrowing on personal loans and overdrafts shrinking back by 6.7%.
"As far as implant dentistry goes this is a true emergency because once a root has broken beneath gum level the bone starts shrinking back to the level of the break.
The BBA said that outstanding levels of non-mortgage borrowing contracted by 2.3% over the year to November, driven by a significant shrinking back of personal loans and overdrafts.
We are in danger of succumbing to small nation mentality, shrinking back instead of striking out, shrugging our shoulders and rolling our eyes and saying 'typical!' every time something goes slightly awry.
The National Association of Estate Agents' (NAEA) market report for October found that 16% of overall sales last month went to first-time buyers, shrinking back from 22% in September.
Yet their coinciding in this manner makes it likely for them to have common factors, one of their major manifestations being the modern Arab state reaching its fated predicament, after undergoing a series of relapses and meeting with failure at every level, thus leading citizens in any of those countries to lose the national bond they had with their state and driving them to regress into pre-state forms of expression, based on shrinking back to their primitive cells and to violence.
But even after shrinking back to her pre-pregnancy weight, the star claimed she's still not confident enough to hit the beach because she wants to lose some "loose skin" from her stomach first.endra's motivation to lose the weight has been her husband.
Professor Peter Wadhams, part of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at the university, said the multi-year ice was "shrinking back more rapidly" in a "concrete example of global change in action".
"Rather than shrinking back during the post-9/11 years as some other parks have done, Magic Springs has continued major capital initiatives."
Receive us prepared indeed by fear of you, but not troubled, not shrinking back on that day of death or uprooted by force like those who are lovers of the world and the flesh.
CPSC, not normally known for shrinking back from recalling a potentially dangerous toy, surprised some last month when it issued a mild statement alerting consumers to the possible hazards of the yo-yo water ball toy.