shy of

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See: leery
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When you can look round a roomful of people and think that each one is a mere child in intellect compared with yourself you feel no more shy of them than you would of a select company of magpies or orang-outangs.
Carey had thought much how she should treat him; she was anxious to do her duty; but now he was there she found herself just as shy of him as he was of her.
Summary: There is little doubt that a multiyear top is in place just shy of 1.
Montgomery figures to have at least five starts remaining, and he's three wins shy of Hart's sophomore record of eight wins, shared by Jamie Shields and Keith Halcovich.
The wife of ex-Tory MP Neil Hamilton has never been shy of admitting she likes a drink or three.
During the summer of 1966, a month shy of my sixteenth birthday, I started my first gig as a junior counselor.
Cox has started 77 games in four-plus years as a Titan, scoring 21 goals with 17 assists - one shy of Dolores Browning's program assist record.
Even Malone, two units shy of graduating with a political science degree, can do the math.
John Bosco of Bellflower on Friday, pushing his career yardage total to 8,510 - 1,461 yards shy of Keith Smith's state record of 9,971 (Newbury Park, 1991-93) and 1,490 shy of the 10,000-yard mark.
Jordan might be a little more than two months shy of his 27th birthday - the prime of an NFL running back's career - but he's as well-preserved as Pamela Anderson.
Those victories followed a 74-67 performance in stroke play for a 141 that was seventh best of that phase and only four strokes shy of medalist honors.
The home winning streak is now 27 games long, three shy of the record set by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1951, 17 shy of the NBA record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1996.