shrink from

shrink from
verb
avoid (one's assigned duties) (Freq. 2)
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The derelict soldier shirked his duties

Syn: ↑fiddle, ↑shirk, ↑goldbrick
Derivationally related forms: ↑goldbricking (for: ↑goldbrick), ↑shirker (for: ↑shirk), ↑shirking (for: ↑shirk)
Hypernyms: ↑avoid
Hyponyms: ↑scrimshank, ↑malinger, ↑skulk, ↑slack
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s

(for: ↑goldbrick)

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ˈshrink from [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they shrink from he/she/it shrinks from present participle shrinking from past tense shrank from shrunk from past participle shrunk from] phrasal verb
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.

Thesaurus: to avoid doing something, or to avoid somethingsynonym
Main entry: shrink

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shrink from [phrasal verb]
shrink from (something) : to try to avoid (something difficult or unpleasant) : to be unwilling to do (something)

He doesn't shrink from telling the truth, no matter how painful it may be.

She won't shrink from the task.

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Main Entry:shrink

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