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  • an inseparable companion
    • the poor child was his mother's shadow
  • a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
  • a dominating and pervasive presence
    • he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father
  • refuge from danger or observation
    • he felt secure in his father's shadow
  • an indication that something has been present
    • there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
    • a tincture of condescension
  • a premonition of something adverse
    • a shadow over his happiness
  • something existing in perception only
    • a ghostly apparition at midnight
  • an unilluminated area
    • he moved off into the darkness
  • shade within clear boundaries
  • make appear small by comparison
    • This year's debt dwarfs that of last year
  • cast a shadow over
  • follow, usually without the person's knowledge
    • The police are shadowing her
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