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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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It's curious that arguments for including music in the curriculum (raising IQ, improving social skills, even securing future audiences) so often seem to fight shy of the most obvious benefit, that of fostering musicality for its own sake.
It means warders fight shy of challenging bad behaviour by prisoners in case they spark unrest.
HUMAN beings fight shy of humble conduct, labouring under the mistaken notion that egoistic posturing is likely to fetch untold power in this world and the next.
Investors tend to fight shy of uncertain situations and the background to Prime Minister Koizumi going to the country is about as uncertain as you can get.
If only we had not granted such an iconic status to unbeaten horses, owners and trainers would not fight shy of risking their horses' reputations.
Mr Bourne suggested that Labour might fight shy of such a proposal, to protect First Minister Rhodri Morgan, but a Labour spokesman scoffed at the idea.
Altering the hue of your hair is one of the best ways there is of changing your image - but many people fight shy of making such a step because they're not sure if it will suit them.
As a society, we fight shy of pondering on death, yet inherent in each of us is a deep desire, both for oneself and for those we love, for a `good' death.
And while some handlers fight shy of peaking out their Guineas candidates, the door is opened for savvy operators like John Dunlop to land comfortable Group 3 successes with horses who might come up short of Classic standard.
Last night, Yates Group's Mark Jones said: "It is not something we intend to fight shy of.
In particular they must not fight shy of English,Scottish and Irish counterparts, said Don Thomas,Chairman of Welsh Lamb & Beef Promotions.
The Rexton is a five-door sports utility vehicle (SUV) that is equally happy around urban streets or cruising along motorways, yet won't fight shy of mud- plugging or use as a genuine work-horse.
Pets still fight shy of the dizzy blonde, who celebrated her 30th birthday in Vets In Practice (BBC1).