One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a sweater that shrank in the wash’
get smaller, become smaller, grow smaller, contract, diminish, lessen, reduce, decrease, dwindle, narrow, shorten, slim, decline, fall off, drop off, condense, deflate, shrivel, wither
2‘the summer sun had shrunk and dried the wood’
make smaller, contract, lessen, reduce, decrease, narrow, shorten, truncate, abbreviate, condense, slim down, pare down, concentrate, abridge, compress, squeeze, deflate, shrivel, wither
3‘he shrank back against the wall’
draw back, recoil, jump back, spring back, jerk back, pull back, start back, back away, retreat, withdraw
flinch, shy away, blench, start, wince, cringe, cower, quail
4‘he doesn't shrink from naming names’
recoil, shy away, hang back, demur, flinch
have scruples about, scruple about, have misgivings about, have qualms about, be loath to, be reluctant to, be unwilling to, be disinclined to, be indisposed to, be sorry to, be averse to, be slow to
be chary of, fight shy of, not be in favour of, be against, be opposed to, be hesitant to, be diffident about, be bashful about, be shy about, be coy about, be ashamed to, be afraid to, hesitate to, hate to, not like to, not have the heart to, drag one's feet over, drag one's heels over, waver about, vacillate about, think twice about, baulk at, quail at, mind doing something
informal boggle at
archaic disrelish something
confront, be eager to
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