Definition of shrinking violet in English:

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shrinking violet

noun

[often with negative] informal
An exaggeratedly shy person: Dorothy is no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing her views
More example sentences
  • There are no shrinking violets in our family, we all had a point of view.
  • She insists it was not a conscious decision, however, and points out she has toured separately with two women who could never be described as shrinking violets.
  • If called upon to sing a song, they weren't shrinking violets.

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