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Not confident or shy and easily embarrassed

shy

adjective

shy behaviour shows that someone is nervous or not confident

uncertain

adjective

not confident

retiring

adjective

someone who is retiring tends to avoid social activities because they are shy

insecure

adjective

not confident about yourself

timid

adjective

shy and nervous

inhibited

adjective

too embarrassed or not confident enough to do something

tentative

adjective

not confident

lost

adjective

not feeling confident or relaxed because you are in a new situation, for example with a group of people who you do not know

unsure of yourself

not having much confidence, and tending to behave in a nervous way

ill at ease

not confident or relaxed

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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