shrinking violet


Definition of shrinking violet

: a bashful or retiring person

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Examples of shrinking violet in a Sentence

He's no shrinking violet when it comes to competition. a reality show that wants shameless exhibitionists, not shrinking violets
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, Biden—whose tactile campaign style makes Bill Clinton seem like a shrinking violet—spent 174 days without doing a single public event. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "What Now?," 19 Nov. 2020 Desperately hoping to move up the food chain at Culture, now called Cult, Anna, a classic shrinking violet with a short, natural ’fro, meets with Zora, equipped with stellar ideas and stats. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Justin Simien is back with ‘Bad Hair,’ a horror comedy that cuts," 22 Oct. 2020 The United States, though, is no shrinking violet and has lobbed back its fair share of insults and innuendos. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "China defends World Health Organization after Trump slams agency, floats funding freeze," 9 Apr. 2020 At 7 feet tall and 3 feet wide, the tree is no shrinking violet either. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The best artificial Christmas trees to buy this year," 3 Dec. 2019 This was not a group of ladylike shrinking violets. ... Amanda Blanco,, "Annie Lamont joins state officers in celebration for the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage," 12 Sep. 2019 Though the 4449 is a considerable 110 feet long and 16 feet tall, and no shrinking violet at 433 tons, there’s a sleekness to the design that still pleases the eye. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019 These were clothes for street style snappers—not shrinking violets. Vogue, "Designers Opt for Opulence Over Minimalism on the Second Day of Oslo Runway," 16 Aug. 2018 Most people who wade into politics and public service aren’t shrinking violets. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Who wrote the op-ed? Will the government shut down? Denials pile up in Washington," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of shrinking violet

1915, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Shrinking violet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shrinking violet

informal : a person who is very shy

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