Definition of fight shy of in English:

fight shy of


  • Be unwilling to undertake or become involved with.

    ‘these musicians fight shy of change’
    • ‘The federal government has traditionally fought shy of becoming involved in education, which is mainly dealt with at state level.’
    • ‘Labour has fought shy of scrapping the policy, since it is politically difficult to tinker with a long-standing deal under which tenants can buy their house at a discount of up to 70% after three years of occupation.’
    • ‘But apart from an occasional outburst on the cost of fuel, the parties have generally fought shy of saying how they will tackle the difficult and often expensive problems surrounding Britain's various systems of transport.’
    • ‘I've always fought shy of putting up old journals, written prior to the start of the on-line version, mostly because of the enormous amount of labour required.’
    • ‘MacMillan has never fought shy of controversy.’
    • ‘He never fought shy of the grand ones: love, war, vanity, world, truth, loss, death, pity, horror, humanity.’
    • ‘Many directors have fought shy of the opera's dark side.’
    • ‘Sitting prime ministers have traditionally fought shy of debating head-to-head with their rivals so close to an election.’
    • ‘I had previously fought shy of this venue thinking its prices would be beyond our budget.’
    • ‘During the drive in the park, we were lucky to come across the black bear, an elusive inhabitant of the park that fights shy of visitors.’
    flinch from, demur from, recoil from, hang back from
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