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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The crudeness of the question startled him: the word was one that women of his class fought shy of, even when their talk flitted closest about the topic.
We all fought shy of 30d on the east and 175d on the west, and, though we had to skirt them pretty close, nothing but an act of God ever drew one of us across.
So he had eschewed all love-making, regulated his dual life, cleaned up a million in business, fought shy of match-making mamas and bright-eyed and eager young ladies of various ages, met Lilian Gersdale and made it a rigid observance never to see her later than eight o'clock in the evening, run of nights after his coyotes, and slept in forest lairs--and through it all had kept his secret safe save Lee Sing .
Citing confidentiality of customers, bank managements have always fought shy of publicly disclosing defaulters.
His character was an engaging one and he never fought shy of adding his opinion, no matter how it was received, and this often brought ridicule and outcry in differing measures.
While Kempton is next on the agenda, Tizzard fought shy of any talk of challenging for Cheltenham Gold Cup honours at this stage.
Summary: Oil prices slipped below $107 a barrel on Friday and hit a 2012 low as investors fought shy of riskier, growth-oriented assets on fears that Greece would leave the euro, and after a downgrade of 16 Spanish banks by Moody's added to the contagion gloom.
France coach Marc Lievremont has not fought shy of putting out the rest of his big guns, and opposite number Kirwan said: "I think he's picked a very, very strong side.
People fought shy of Americanism and the Metropolitan was not the raceaway success hoped for.
I, LIKE many, have envied the higher and more commanding driving position of rugged 4x4s but have fought shy of running up the high fuel and tax bills many of them incur.
Theatre specialists have in turn fought shy of formal discourse analysis, possibly for the same reasons.
This is primarily because of the fact that parties have always fought shy of giving enough tickets to Muslims.
I've never fought shy of criticising the Vatican and its secretive internal and sometimes corrupt bureaucracy.
Despite having a good job and a decent salary, all the lenders he approached for a mortgage fought shy of offering him a big enough loan to make that first crucial step.
However, the flame-haired ballerina - who was a principal dancer for Sadler's Wells - always fought shy of her fame brought about by her celluloid role.