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English definition of “shy away from sth”

shy away from sth

verb uk phrasal verb with shy   /ʃaɪ/ us  
to avoid something that you dislike, fear, or do not feel confident about: I've never shied away from hard work.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
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