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quail

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1 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust

  • we quailed when the waiter unexpectedly presented us with a hindquarter of frog's legs
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2 to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission

  • brave resisters who did not quail before the tyrantʼs iron hand
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Synonym Discussion of quail

recoil, shrink, flinch, wince, blench, quail mean to draw back in fear or distaste. recoil implies a start or movement away through shock, fear, or disgust.
    • recoiled at the suggestion of stealing
shrink suggests an instinctive recoil through sensitiveness, scrupulousness, or cowardice.
    • shrank from the unpleasant truth
flinch implies a failure to endure pain or face something dangerous or frightening with resolution.
    • faced her accusers without flinching
wince suggests a slight involuntary physical reaction (such as a start or recoiling).
    • winced in pain
blench implies fainthearted flinching.
    • stood their ground without blenching
quail suggests shrinking and cowering in fear.
    • quailed before the apparition


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