shrink back

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Verb1.shrink back - pull away from a source of disgust or fear
cringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, wince, shrink, squinch - draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
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The professor seemed to shrink back in his chair, collapsing like an automobile tire when the air is let out.
Past negative experiences with loved ones can make us shrink back in fear when it comes to expressing how we feel, or can leave us bitter of heart and soul and make us lose the desire to show any expression of love again.
Why: Cigarette smoke starves the gums of oxygen, so they literally shrink back.
After the run's end, the organs shrink back to normal size.
The dancer added that it is a common misconception among new moms that they would shrink back to their pre-birth weight immediately.
The might of oil refiners along the New Silk Road - stretching from Beijing to Lagos - is gaining influence, especially as European suppliers shrink back after more than a century of dominance.
The young puppies who are just starting to get their head, to take that bit of responsibility and to become men would shrink back within themselves because Gerrard (above) is such a dominant figure.
0tn yen profit mark, according to the Nikkei business daily, but Mitsubishi said its earnings were likely to shrink back to 950bn yen this year.
It will tend to shrink back a little as it rests, so just carry on stretching the dough until it's approximately 22 x 33cm after shrinkage.
Space and matter would shrink back to the way they were at the Big Bang, just as a ball you throw up comes down at the same speed it left your hand.
The deficit is forecast to shrink back to 1% of GDP in 2014.
There was a folk tale in Leicestershire that if you had piles - you know, prolapsed piles or haemorrhoids - if you took a teabag and sprinkled the contents on the extruded parts, they would shrink back.