What does shied away mean?

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  1. simple past tense and past participle of shy away
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Directors have shied away from making gory movies of this genre assuming that audiences find heroics in historical garb unexciting.
Certainly, Scott has shied away from making it a Hollywood movie in which the good guys win and the bad guys lose.
I've always shied away from cruises, but this is not cruising in the accepted sense.
For general bathing, people used the public baths but shied away from the communal washing areas, which had a stigma attached to them.
Naturally, he'd always shied away from emotional attachments, especially romantic ones, since love was something he knew pitifully little about.
But the white horse shied away from her, his wild eyes showing their whites, ears laid back in fear.

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