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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 tyrant's iron hand

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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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The first known use of quail was in the 14th century

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“Quail.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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