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English definition of “shrink from sth”

shrink from sth

verb uk phrasal verb with shrink   /ʃrɪŋk/ (shrank, shrunk) us  
to avoid doing something that is unpleasant or difficult: We must not shrink from our responsibilities. [+ -ing verb] We will not shrink from using force.
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