fight shy of (someone or something)

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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 shy of

To avoid meeting or confronting.
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Meanwhile, BJP leader and former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi had alleged that Nitish was fighting shy of getting himself clicked with Lalu for poll campaign material.
The only conclusion seems to be the UK trainers are fighting shy of taking on the top Irish dogs on their own patch.
The banks are fighting shy of loaning to these schemes and it is seriously stalling the nation's economic recovery.
However, the situation has not quite returned to business as usual as the continent's banks, in tandem with their global counterparts, are still fighting shy of making credits to businesses more accessible.
Jane Davidson is being strongly lobbied by Cardiff Against the Incinerator campaign, fighting shy of talking to us on the excuse that she might have a role in a company appeal.
It's fighting shy of wanting to go higher," said one trader, who could not be named.
TALKING of Time Lords, onetime Dr Who companion Billie Piper is fighting shy of appearing in the BBC's ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are?
Delhi had earlier given her a permanent residency permit, but is fighting shy of allowing her to stay anywhere after huge riots broke out in November 2007 in Kolkata.
Wensleydale Creamery, whose cheese was favoured by Wallace and Gromit, is fighting shy of trademarking the name altogether.
The nine-year-old had been fighting shy of the winner's enclosure since scoring at Warwick in November 2004 ( but that may have been due to the fact the assessor had put him up 12lb for that success.
The nine-year-old had been fighting shy of the winner's enclosure since scoring at Warwick in November 2004 - but that may have been due to the fact the assessor had put him up 12lb for that success.
Foreign investors are obviously fighting shy of committing themselves to what was formerly one of Africa's most stable nations.
She said 'because industry want business as usual' the UK and the EU are not adequately controlling 'gender bending chemicals, and are fighting shy of pressing industry to come up with safer chemicals'.
If the dispute hearing, which will be heard by councillors, is not resolved to the unions' satisfaction, they will hold meetings with their members - although they are fighting shy of raising the prospect of industrial action.
Derby County are fighting shy of promising a speedy resolution to the case of suspended manager John Gregory.