Denison admits that he shrank from doing the project in the run-up to his birthday last year, when he had planned to start it.
Email eliminated the voice; text messages could be sent quicker but shrank the mail.
Then, because it was useless, redundant, only destructive, or so it seemed, she shrank back again, defeated.
“We all shrank,” she says, recounting how much weight everyone lost as a result of stress and poverty.
To survive, they shrank, shedding workers and retiring around 500 planes to desert graveyards.
Mortimer hastened to her relief, but she shrank from his touch.
And as they shrank away they were changed into beasts, into the wolves that range the forests.
She shrank from all mention of that mysterious affair of Friday night.
She shrank from a discussion with her aunt who was in a high state of indignation.
He had a good mind to ask her; but he shrank from "dashing her down the first day."
Old English scrincan "to draw in the limbs, contract, shrivel up; wither, pine away" (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, past participle scruncen), from Proto-Germanic *skrink- (cf. Middle Dutch schrinken), probably from PIE root *(s)ker- (3) "to turn, bend."
Originally with causal shrench (cf. drink/drench). Sense of "become reduced in size" recorded from late 13c. The meaning "draw back, recoil" (early 14c.) perhaps was suggested by the behavior of snails. Transitive sense, "cause to shrink" is from late 14c. Shrink-wrap is attested from 1961 (shrinking-wrap from 1959). Shrinking violet "shy person" attested from 1882.
A psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, or other psychotherapist; headshrinker (1960+)