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shrinking violet

noun [C] uk   informal us  
a person who is very shy or modest and does not like to attract attention: She loves appearing on television and is no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing her views.
Translations of “shrinking violet”
in Chinese (Traditional) 靦腆的人,羞怯的人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 腼腆的人,羞怯的人…
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