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quail

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of quail

  1. 1 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust we quailed when the waiter unexpectedly presented us with a hindquarter of frog's legs Synonyms of quail blench, cringe, flinch, recoil, shrink, squinch, winceWords Related to quail blanch, pale, whiten; quake, quiver, shake, shudder, tremble; crouch; jerk, start, twitch; recede, retire, retreat, withdraw; falter, hesitate, reel, waverNear Antonyms of quail advance, approach, near; beard, challenge, confront, defy, face

  2. 2 to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission brave resisters who did not quail before the tyrant's iron hand Synonyms of quail cringe, grovel, cowerWords Related to quail flinch, recoil, shrink, squinch; blanch, blench, whiten; fawn, kowtow, toady

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