fight shy of something/of doing something

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.
See also: fight, of, shy