Newspapers are shutting down and newsrooms are shrinking across the country.
On the day before the big vote, Governor Walker leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by just three points, and the gap was shrinking.
They are in danger of becoming a regional party, preaching to a shrinking base.
Take, for example, Ending Spending, an organization dedicated to shrinking the government.
And, yes, the annual deficit is shrinking as a percentage of GDP.
There was a shrinking from the economic hardships that war would entail.
Supposing that the shrinking of his nose had only been an accident before!
The girls, frightened, were shrinking together; even Rebekah was afraid at the great and mighty name of Messenger.
As I said before, our little band is shrinking in numbers day by day.
Cally, after the first shrinking, was possessed by a sense of anti-climax.
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+)