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Shrink

A slang term for the losses a retail company suffers from shoplifting. Some companies, such as grocery stores, may build shrink into their earnings estimates.
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When he came back to her blood smeared his face and hands and breast and she shrank from him as he offered her a huge hunk of hot, raw meat.
But even to her Hetty shrank from beseeching and confession.
I shrank back -- but the closing walls pressed me resistlessly onward.
It was strange to see that the good shrank not from the wicked, nor were the sinners abashed by the saints.
There was a story, which I shrank from verifying, that a former inmate of our house had hung himself in it, but I do not know to this day whether it was true or not.
How large these men were--she never had seen a native of such giant proportions; and now they had come quite close to her, and as the foremost stooped to speak to her she shrank back in fear.
I noticed that all the youngsters shrank away from him as we had done, while the grown-ups regarded him with wary eyes when he drew near, and stepped aside to give him the centre of the path.