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English definition of “quail”

quail

verb [I]     /kweɪl/ literary
to feel or show fear ; to want to be able to move away from something because you fear it: Charlie quailed at the sound of his mother's angry voice . She quailed before her boss's anger .Afraid
(Definition of quail verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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