shy away from


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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

Avoid, evade, as in He shied away from all questions concerning his private life. [Late 1700s]
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Jamie Osborne: not one to shy away from racing on the all-weather
This is true both in terms of the way in which they eschew a detailed description of construction and in their tendency to shy away from the single, autonomous structure stand[ing] in the landscape.
As he writes, "Elected officials love to talk about 'family values' but shy away from proposing anything big or new that would actually help parents juggle the tasks of earning a living and raising a family.
I'd like to cease experiencing these calf cramps but I shy away from electrolyte overloading.
The dynamic young couple never shy away from being willing to do the "unglamourous jobs" to satisfy a customer, even if means donning the cleaning garb themselves.
But with the onset of the Vietnam War and the debate about abortion, schools started to shy away from it.
"Gloria" did not shy away from the more difficult figures: Has any woman of her generation been as vilified as Yoko Ono?
"In supporting that aim, we will endeavor to bring our readership high quality, original and challenging articles that do not shy away from asking tough questions and proposing innovative solutions."
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Vatican permanent observer at the U.N., while accepting the other aspects, does not shy away from the latter and advocated attention to the promotion of abstinence and marital fidelity.
He was tough, and did not shy away from stating his views clearly.
Hussein Sadruddin, the overworked detention project coordinator for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, can speak to any number of problems that need addressing: an old meatpacking plant converted into a giant human cage; local police and INS trolling for arrests at mosques and small businesses; funders that shy away from giving money to help "criminal aliens."
Once word gets around that going to the doctor can mean going to jail, some pregnant women will shy away from important prenatal care.
These "climate-checkers" will weigh in on whether a company should take a risk or shy away from it.
They can't shy away from auditing the sheriff's office just because the sheriff is popular.
He does not shy away from (but rather emphasizes) the contradictions and tensions in Jonson's life and writings.