be timid

See: fear
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She can be timid at times - especially around men - so is on the look out for a patient home with loving owners who can build up her confidence.
They can be timid at first but will accept careful, gentle handling.
But Mr Cameron has defended his strategy in a video post on his WebCameron blog, saying: "I defy anyone to look at our plans and call them timid - because the truth is they cannot be timid if we're to confront and defeat these problems.
Fifty-four-year-old British-born teacher, Gillian Gibbons (pictured) - said to be timid and shy - languishes in a Sudanese prison, facing punishment for giving the name Mohammed to a teddy bear at a school in which she teachers.