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These shrinking hairs, they feared not death, but they seemed to fear Malbone.

"Not so—not so," said the Dominican, shrinking from those fierce eyes.

"No, no," she gasped, shrinking into the corner of the carriage.

"I will listen," she said, shrinking as yet from other speech.

My mother did all she could for her, but was much baffled by her reserve and shrinking.

Shrinking, almost shivering, he still managed to hold himself together.

The mob was dissolving into thin smoke, and the horizon was shrinking.

He had a shrinking will; his instinct in an emergency was to back away from things.

Cave-walls and roof all shrinking, dwindling, drawing down upon him.

She approached with some shrinking begotten by a suspicion of what she was desired to see.

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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