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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHRINK

And yet, though I shrink from the idea of fighting, I might in some way help those who are.

Why shrink from us, then, as though we were the spawn of the Evil One?

It then begins to shrink and contract with the greatest uniformity.

She was not conscious—how could she be and not shrink from my caress?

But yet opening it again, seeing me shrink back—Go, if you will!

If you put the syrup hot to the ginger at first, it will shrink and shrivel.

Already a mood of much daylight was making him blink and shrink.

But the words made him shrink, and then sent a soft warmth through him.

He was conscious of no wrong, and he did not shrink as though he had committed one.

"You have no need to be surprised that I shrink from seeing Margaret Wilmot," he said.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scrincan "to draw in the limbs, contract, shrivel up; wither, pine away" (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, past participle scruncen), from Proto-Germanic *skrink- (cf. Middle Dutch schrinken), probably from PIE root *(s)ker- (3) "to turn, bend."

Originally with causal shrench (cf. drink/drench). Sense of "become reduced in size" recorded from late 13c. The meaning "draw back, recoil" (early 14c.) perhaps was suggested by the behavior of snails. Transitive sense, "cause to shrink" is from late 14c. Shrink-wrap is attested from 1961 (shrinking-wrap from 1959). Shrinking violet "shy person" attested from 1882.

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