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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHYING

She was shying off at a half circle; he was beating round her.

The policeman's paroxysm of fear and the horse's fit of shying were facts.

He was young, and had a bad name for shying and starting, by which he had lost a good place.

He was busy with the horses, who were shying first to one side and then to the other.

His father said, in a letter to me, that "he had seen him shying at sparrows with half-crowns!"

The shots had been too sudden, the shying of the horses too confusing for location.

You have not yet broken the wonderful son of the desert of shying, as you promised.

Whenever he is not shying at things, or reaching after a fly, he wants to do that yet.

I should like an equestrian statue of Puck not shying at a Zeppelin!

I have only to hear his bell, and I start like a shying horse.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English sceoh "timid, easily startled," from Proto-Germanic *skeukh(w)az "afraid" (cf. Middle Low German schüwe, Dutch schuw, German scheu "shy;" Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen "to scare away"). Uncertain cognates outside Germanic, unless in Old Church Slavonic shchuti "to hunt, incite." Italian schivare "to avoid," Old French eschiver "to shun" are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "lacking, short of" is from 1895, American English gambling slang. Related: Shyly; shyness.

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