shy away from (someone or something)

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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 from

Avoid, evade, as in He shied away from all questions concerning his private life. [Late 1700s]
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shy away

v.
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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"We are terrified of it, we shy away from it. We tend to mollycoddle our children."
"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.
But with the onset of the Vietnam War and the debate about abortion, schools started to shy away from it.
Arnold knows all about modern New Testament scholarship; and he doesn't shy away from its radical conclusions, as when he observes that Peter's conversation with Jesus ("Yes, Lord, you know that I love you," etc.) is not necessarily historical; it's not "a moment in real time." But then Arnold also experiments with the vigorous "You are there" realism of Ignatius Loyola's "composition of place" ("I see him [Peter] crawling, splashing onto the shore where Jesus is smiling, laughing at him.