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shrinking violet

noun
1.
a shy, modest, or self-effacing person.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • Neither is likely to be mistaken for a shrinking violet.
British Dictionary definitions for shrinking violet

shrinking violet

noun
1.
(informal) a shy person
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Slang definitions & phrases for shrinking violet

shrinking violet

noun phrase

A self-effacing person: Theodore Roosevelt was no shrinking violet

[1915+; fr the presumed shyness of the violet]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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