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 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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Jane Davidson is being strongly lobbied by Cardiff Against the Incinerator campaign, but fights shy of talking to us on the excuse that she might have a role in a company appeal.
Jane Davidson's "ambitious recycling" is turning into mega-incinerators, but sadly she fights shy of facing the reality.
But now the European Commission - which generally fights shy of entering debates it cannot win - has tackled the issue head-on.
New Labour fights shy of taxing super-rich City types.
Yet the film fights shy of easy sentiment and is both funny and touching.
He dares to say the "P" word - Palestine - which Washington fights shy of.