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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2015-01-25 10:28 am

Prompt #218

If you wish to do this as a spontaneous exercise, don't look at the word until you're ready to write (I recommend having Write or Die open in another tab). If you're going to mull over the word and write later, peek away.

Once you've completed your ficlet, please either comment here, or post a link to it, if you're posting on your own journal. Feel free to reference the community or number of the prompt in your outside posts, but if you use the actual word, please put it under a cut to avoid spoiling others, should they want to write spontaneously.

Today's word is: shy (either meaning, as below)

1. shy [shahy]

1. bashful; retiring.
2. easily frightened away; timid.
3. suspicious; distrustful: I am a bit shy of that sort of person.
4. reluctant; wary.
5. deficient: shy of funds.
6. scant; short of a full amount or number: still a few dollars shy of our goal; an inch shy of being six feet.
7. (in poker) indebted to the pot.
8. not bearing or breeding freely, as plants or animals.

verb (used without object), shied, shying.
9. (especially of a horse) to start back or aside, as in fear.
10. to draw back; recoil.

noun, plural shies.
11. a sudden start aside, as in fear.

Idioms
12. fight shy of, to keep away from; avoid: She fought shy of making the final decision.

2. shy [shahy]

verb (used with object), verb (used without object), shied, shying.
1. to throw with a swift, sudden movement: to shy a stone.

noun, plural shies.
2. a quick, sudden throw.
3. Informal.
...a. a gibe or sneer.
...b. a try.

If you've missed a word or twelve and would like to catch up, please see the Master List.

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