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shrinking violet

A negative term for a very shy person. After years of being seen as nothing more than a shrinking violet, Christine decided to overcome her fears and start talking to strangers.
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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 from (someone or something)

1. To recede or recoil from someone or something. The way the gums are shrinking from your teeth is a clear sign of gingivitis. The child shrank from the men as they approached the house.
2. To avoid or neglect some action, duty, or responsibility. You wanted to lead this branch, which means you can't shrink from the thornier aspects of the job. We need someone who won't shrink from making tough decisions.
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shrinking violet

Fig. someone who is very shy and not assertive. I am not exactly a shrinking violet, but I don't have the guts to say what you said to her.
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shrinking violet, a

An extremely shy person, as in She was a shrinking violet until she went away to college. This metaphoric idiom refers to the flower, but the precise allusion is unclear, since violets thrive under a variety of conditions and often are considered a garden weed. [Early 1900s]
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a shrinking violet

If you describe someone as a shrinking violet, you mean that they are very shy. Give him a tough assignment and he turns into a shrinking violet. None of the women he paints could be described as shrinking violets. Note: You can say that someone is no shrinking violet to mean that they are very self-confident. Amber is no shrinking violet. She is a brash colourful character. Note: In the past, violets were considered to be a symbol of modesty, because of their small size and the fact that the flowers remain hidden among the leaves until they open.
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shrinking violet

an exaggeratedly shy person. informal
2004 Sunday Times Clough was no shrinking violet. He had absolute belief in himself and his methods, and wasn't afraid to say so to anybody.
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a ˌshrinking ˈviolet

(humorous) a very shy person who is easily frightened: I can’t imagine why a dynamic young woman like her is marrying a shrinking violet like him.
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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.
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shrink from

v.
1. To draw back instinctively from someone or something; recoil from someone or something: The cat shrank from my touch.
2. To show reluctance to engage in or do something; hesitate to perform something, especially out of fear: I will not shrink from my duty as captain to defend the ship. They will not shrink from prosecuting each of us if they catch us stealing.
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shrink

n. a psychoanalyst or psychotherapist. I dropped a bundle on a shrink, but it didn’t help me.

shrinking violet

A shy person. The violet flower gives the impression of shyness, growing as it does close to the protective ground and often beneath other plants, shrubs and trees. Compared to other larger foliage, violets do seem to look as though they are shrinking, growing smaller. As applied to shy people, the phrase first appeared in both America and Great Britain in the 1820s.
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To print foil in higher shrink areas, use patterns, such as diamonds or tapered lines, to allow foil to shrink without cracking.
The film stretched at low temperatures tends to shrink faster and to a greater extent as it is heated up.
Shrink sleeves are growing at twice the rate of the industry at the expense of other technologies," explains Andrew Hulse, vice president of sales and marketing at Accraply, a manufacturer of shrink sleeve converting equipment.
They were looking for materials that didn't shrink or expand at all.
Shrink can provide full body coverage to containers, and it can do so with oddly shaped packages.
Though sleeves have been getting much of the attention, they are not the sole use for shrink film.
It has become critically important to both image and understand the chemical and physical environment within devices, because these properties will ultimately determine the extent to which we can continue to shrink silicon dimensions," said Elsa Reichmanis, director of the materials research department at Bell Labs.
Because optical shrinks do not require cell redesign, they reduce the time required to put a new generation into production and dramatically increase the probability that first silicon will be successful.
Operating as a high-technology development-stage company, Shrink owns and develops proprietary and patent-pending nano-sized technologies, components and product systems.
Pentaprint regular-shrink OT E746/91 and high-shrink OT E749/50 polyester films offer 56% and 78% shrink ratios, respectively.
Shrink Solar's fifth generation solar concentrator has achieved higher efficiencies than previous generations of energy producing cells.
Consistent with our FIGA business model (interconnecting leaders from finance, industry, government and academia), Shrink is committed to leveraging the value of underutilized public university assets, including facilities and most importantly, the brilliant minds that conduct ground-breaking research on a day-to-day basis.
The core solar concentrator technology we have been developing at Shrink over the past few years is one that we believe has the ability to change the way people think about everyday building products like windows, as an example.
Through Exclusive License Agreement and Its Commitment to American Cleantech Innovation, Shrink Seeks to Develop and Commercialize New Solar Concentrator into the World's First Solar Accessory Designed to Increase the Efficiency of Existing Flat Panel Solar Installations and "Dumb" Windows