shrink from

shrink from
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "shrink from":
present tense I/you/we/they shrink from he/she/it shrinks from present participle shrinking from past tense shrank from or shrunk from past participle shrunk from
shrink from something to not be willing to do something difficult, or to not deal with something unpleasant

Anne didn't shrink from the difficult issues facing parents.

shrink from doing something:

He shrank from telling his secrets to anyone.


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