What is another word for shy away?

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To draw back in fear, cringe, back down
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“Churches will not draw young people to their doors if they shy away from any mention of adoration as a matter of embarrassment.”
To shy away from, or have misgivings about
Hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking
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To avoid proceeding through reluctance
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