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Simple past tense and past participle of quail.
The king himself quailed before that stern, august presence.
Violent and revengeful, he now became the most powerful man in Rome, and even his father quailed before him.
The Gallic trooper sent to strike off the old man's head quailed, it is said, before the fire of his eyes, and fled exclaiming, "I cannot kill Gaius Marius."
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