shrinking violet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shrinking violet someone who shrinks from familiarity with others
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Idioms

Shrinking violet - A shrinking violet is a shy person who doesn't express their views and opinions.
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Usage

In literature:

There remained no trace of the shrinking violet that had been Miss Helen Travers West.
"Within the Law" by Marvin Dana
Don't be such a shrinking violet.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
But Nelly herself was no shrinking violet, for all her baby face.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Violet shrinks back into the room and drops on the divan, making a gesture as if she would send him away.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
What a shrinking violet.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
The shrinking violet of all our crew!
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
There was certainly nothing of the shrinking violet about this girl!
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
It don't seem to fit our shrinking Violet, as you can imagine.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
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In news:

For all Rock's intensity, he was a shrinking violet compared to the combustible Hart.
In Marie Antoinette's court, women were not shrinking violets, passively hiding in the royal shadows.
Colloquy research finds that shrinking budgets are turning consumer extroverts into shrinking violets.
In Marie Antoinette 's court, women were not shrinking violets, passively hiding in the royal shadows.
Estee Lauder exec, Minnesota native: Don't be a shrinking violet .
Never one for shrinking violet ensembles, Rihanna makes a bold statement with a graphic t-shirt and slouchy trousers .
Bethenny Frankel is no shrinking violet.
Estee Lauder exec, Minnesota native: Don't be a shrinking violet.
Never exactly a shrinking violet among Ohio high school marching band s, the Brunswick Marching Band has done a bang-up job over the past couple of years to draw unparalleled attention to itself.
Never exactly a shrinking violet among Ohio high school marching bands, the Brunswick Marching Band has done a bang-up job over the past couple of years to draw unparalleled attention to itself.
As one of rock's most quotable frontmen, Ian McCulloch has never been a shrinking violet.
Even shrinking violets will love this intense purple shade.
Shrinking violets, it's going to be a tough season ahead.
Pros The Dr Yes is no shrinking violet.
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