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Daemon
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quail

(verb) To shrink back in fear; cower.

Synonyms: cringe, flinch, recoil, wince

Usage: The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice.
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I like Quail Man.
Mehrdad77
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quail (v.)
c. 1400, "have a morbid craving;" early 15c., "grow feeble or sick;" mid-15c., "to fade, fail, give way," of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch quelen "to suffer, be ill," from Proto-Germanic *kwaljan, from PIE *gwele- (1) "to throw, to pierce" (see quell). Or from obsolete quail "to curdle" (late 14c.), from Old French coailler, from Latin coagulare (see coagulate). Sense of "lose heart, shrink, cower" is attested from 1550s. According to OED, common 1520-1650, then rare until 19c., when apparently it was revived by Scott. Related: Quailed; quailing.
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QUAIL. V.I. To shrink with fear; lose heart or courage. The man quailed as he walked to the end.
Mehrdad77
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Smaller than the chicken and not as well known as the pigeon, quail is like the often-overlooked middle child of the ground-dwelling bird family. Quail can also mean to cringe in fear or pain. So if you are a quail, you might quail at the thought of quail-hunting season.
Mehrdad77
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Quail is a broad, catchall word; it can refer to any one of many small domestic game birds. So if you’re bragging about the quail you shot on a hunting trip to your uptight, bird-obsessed pals, they might demand to know if it was the Bobwhite quail, the Valley quail or the Scaled quail, to name just a few. If you use this word as a verb, it means to draw back in fear or pain. You might quail in fear at the sight of a playground bully. A good way to remember this verb meaning is to think of how the word chicken is also associated with fear.
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Most of the county’s elected officials say they want to improve public education, but they quail at the idea of finding funds to do so.
Washington Post May 26, 2015
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Chilly adventure indeed it is in the dárk wind here, which makes me quail with the half-delightful fear ... For naught else have I wished, save that a thousand desirë you might see; till chërry laden snow has blossomed on my brow.
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I saw a bird in India named quail that voice's was more deep and different than the other birds.Whistle
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i guailed after a group of unleashed wouldn' t let me get to my car
Wagner Douglas
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Try not to quail when the ball is thrown at you.
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Daemon wrote:
quail

(verb) To shrink back in fear; cower.

Synonyms: cringe, flinch, recoil, wince

Usage: The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice.


The lonely quail , enjoying the morning , quailed
at the sound of a bird of prey.
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quail are what you get when looking fo4r chucker.
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