Put before proper media scrutiny, the brash “Southern Avenger” is a shrinking violet.
No shrinking violet, Gallagher likes the stage and will appear in a production of Love Letters with Sally Struthers this spring.
Certainly no one who knows me would accuse me of being a shrinking violet.
Do you think Chris Christie, no shrinking violet, is going to let Geraldo cruise to the nomination?
She makes one of those sandwich men with a bell, on Sixth Avenue, look like a shrinking violet!
There was certainly nothing of the shrinking violet about this girl!
"That modest, shrinking violet we hear of so often is a shrieking braggart alongside of our grand young crusader," he remarked.
It don't seem to fit our shrinking violet, as you can imagine.
But Nelly herself was no shrinking violet, for all her baby face.
For a summary of his character one would not have used the phrase (as a contemporary of his remarked) of "a shrinking violet."
A self-effacing person: Theodore Roosevelt was no shrinking violet
[1915+; fr the presumed shyness of the violet]