shy away

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shy away from (someone or something)

To avoid someone or something. I shy away from confrontation because I just don't like conflict. Are you mad at me? You've been shying away from me all day.
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shy away (from someone or something)

to avoid someone or something. The dog shies away from John since he kicked it. I can understand why the dog would shy away.
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shy away

1. To retreat out of a sense of shyness: The deer poked its head out from the bushes and then shied away when it saw me.
2. To avoid doing something, especially out of caution or anxiety: The company shied away from giving raises this year.
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I think women shouldn't shy away form adding more accessories to their look.
"I don't go looking for it and I don't go out of my way to cause an argument, but if someone comes at you on the pitch in the heat of the moment and the adrenaline is going then no one in this squad is one to shy away from it.
I am a Labour voter and I will probably vote Labour at the next General Election, not because of the leadership, who like the other main parties shy away from the issues people care about, but because the Labour MP for my area is a good one.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey is to announce that the Government is to press ahead with a switchover to digital radio - but will shy away from setting a date.
The MEPs urged EU representatives not to "shy away from criticism" on current developments in Russian internal politics, including numerous cases of violation of freedom of expression and assembly in the run-up to parliamentary and presidential elections.
People in public life should not shy away from talking about the separation of church and state.
While you don't shy away from the topic of sexuality, you don't normally make smut of it, and I usually enjoy everything I road.
EADS co-CEO and Airbus CEO Louis Gallois did not shy away from the program's difficulties in his remarks yesterday at a Toulouse ceremony.
The limited-partnership structure of hedge funds, along with their penchant for secrecy in terms of trading positions, means they shy away from such terms as "investment adviser," said Mattessich.
The challenge is not to shy away from our emotions and perspectives and hope it all goes away, but instead, to ask what we believe God wants for his people today, and to do it in such a way that respects and honours the viewpoints of others.
Adding "family" to AFDC's name in 1962 caused a new group of policymakers to shy away from the program's welfare aspects.
Critical Lessons does not shy away from controversial topics, such as denouncing the concept that a benevolent God and a Hell of eternal torture as a logically impossible conundrum.
The Centre will not shy away from contentious issues like conversion, proselytising, extremism and fundamentalism and will pursue honest conversation.
"We attribute our ongoing success to the team's ability to provide creative financing packages--loans more traditional banks often shy away from--to meet the varying needs of New York area housing cooperatives."
And I certainly don't believe that Democrats should shy away from it because they're afraid the Republicans will criticize them.