Nonetheless, in the store, I've been blithely buying smaller packages without noticing that my sugar had shrunk.
The distance between figures like Alex Jones and the contemporary conservative movement has shrunk alarmingly.
Facebook officials, however, have shrunk from the spotlight.
And the middle class is proportionately smaller and has shrunk more than elsewhere.
Imagine Jewish America in the post-war years, shrunk in size and with barely any on or off ramps into the society at large.
His thoughts now leaped to the end as blindly as they had shrunk from it before.
Miss Dorcas, too, had heard it, and shrunk from its undisguised profanity.
Who that knows what men and women are would not have shrunk from that alternative?
Ormond at first shrunk at the sight of their peril and narrow escapes.
Perolla, wheeling about, had half drawn his sword, while Marcia shrunk back into the shadow.
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.