There was certainly nothing of the shrinking violet about this girl!
Never had he been more eager to play the part of the shrinking violet.
It don't seem to fit our shrinking Violet, as you can imagine.
But Nelly herself was no shrinking violet, for all her baby face.
For a summary of his character one would not have used the phrase (as a contemporary of his remarked) of "a shrinking violet."
She makes one of those sandwich men with a bell, on Sixth Avenue, look like a shrinking violet!
"That modest, shrinking violet we hear of so often is a shrieking braggart alongside of our grand young crusader," he remarked.