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shy away (from someone or something)

1. To withdraw, recede, or recoil (from someone or something) in or as in fear. Are you mad at me? You've been shying away from me all day. The child shied away as the strange man approached.
2. To avoid, evade, or neglect something. You wanted to lead this branch, which means you can't shy away from the thornier aspects of the job. We need someone who won't shy away when it's time to make tough decisions.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

shy away from

Avoid, evade, as in He shied away from all questions concerning his private life. [Late 1700s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, shy
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Far from shying away from these things, Kysar implores the preacher to embrace these ambiguities and paradoxes as grist for the preaching mill.
She recanted in a subsequent Globe column, still thinking of Langer as immature but praising him as immensely talented and shying away from any imputation that censorship was needed to deal with people like him.
But while Lay agrees corporate bonds backed by well-known firms can be a good value, he's shying away from the corporate sector He thinks spreads--the difference in yield between corporates and Treasuries--will continue to widen.
Never known for shying away from making money to stay solvent, the Orthodox Church factory continues to produce and sell icons and candles; bishops bless automobiles in exchange for money; and one diocese has entered into a high-profile, bottled water venture with private partners.