shrink from - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyshrink from
he/she/itshrinks from
present participleshrinking from
past tenseshrank from or shrunk from
past participleshrunk from
  1. 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.

See also main entry: shrink