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fight shy of (someone or something)

To try to avoid confronting or encountering someone or something. I'm naturally a peacemaker, so I always fight shy of tension.
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fight shy of

Avoid meeting or confronting someone, as in "I have ... had to fight shy of invitations that would exhaust time and spirits" (Washington Irving, Life and Letters, 1821). This usage may allude to a military reluctance to meet or engage with the enemy. [Late 1700s]
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fight shy of

be unwilling to undertake or become involved with.
1992 Farmers Guardian Welsh companies often fight shy of dealing with the big multiples.
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fight ˈshy of something/of doing something

avoid something or doing something; not want to do something: I tend to fight shy of getting involved in protests, but in this case I feel very strongly that we should complain.
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fight shy of

To avoid meeting or confronting.
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Mr Cameron insisted that he would not fight shy of human rights issues in talks with Mr Wen and President Hu.
But for it to work, we won''t have to fight shy of using CCTV and encouraging infor mers.
Discuss the same things as before, with each of them, and don't fight shy of asking outright if they would prefer separate invitations from now on.
The company believes content providers will fight shy of allowing their content to be carried by unlicensed websites.
Schools in their childhood days inculcated morality, honesty and love of neighbours, along with the three Rs: modern schools, catering for the no more than average brain, fight shy of discussing the basic qualities of decency and justice because, it's believed, these subjects are too personal to be up for debate.
If they are threatened by unwelcome development, it may be that the only power we have is the power of persuasion, but we won't fight shy of using it when we believe it is for the good of the town.
Since finishing in the money in both last season's 2000 Guineas and Derby, Norse Dancer has been called some unkind names, encouraging his trainer David Elsworth to fight shy of questions about the Jeff Smith-owned colt and let the horse do the talking.
Ringing the changes backfired for 'The Tinkerman,' with Chelsea crashing 3-1 but Crofty won't fight shy of making changes - as long as they aren't for change's sake.
Coun Gerald Fletcher, the council's cabinet member for visible services, said: ``The council will not fight shy of using its powers to impose on-the-spot fines or prosecute owners.
Of those firms that fight shy of using the internet, 28 per cent avoid it because they cannot quantify the benefits, 9 per cent are nervous of trading with unknown parties, while a further 9 per cent are put off by the cost of investment.
But while you dither, while you put off making a public statement, while you let teeth-sucking civil servants rule the roost, while you fight shy of taking on Jim Wallace, while you stay silent, you will lose the respect of the people.
Suppliers fight shy of Senate probe into shelf space fees
If India's defense needs nuclear weapons, we shall not fight shy of inducting them,'' he said.
And with a five-match commitment over just a couple of weeks in June, cross-Channel club managers will surely fight shy of having their players worn out when they report for pre-season training in July.
Reductionism seems impossible in the face of Licht's findings, which should provoke scholars to fight shy of labor market simplifications for a long while.