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fight shy

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fight shy

verb phrase

To avoid: We had better fight shy of the chaos in the Balkans (1821+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I know the danger; I see it and I tell myself that I must fight shy of it.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • For a while I do fight shy of it, till I get off my guard and think I am quite safe.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • I dare say he advises you to fight shy of me, and that sort of thing, eh?

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • Was I to fight shy of him, or set to work, as it were, in opposition to him?

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • It is because my enemies know I carry this that they fight shy of me.

  • We want a stomach that will not fight shy of any wholesome thing.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • The children had learned by many bitter lessons to fight shy of him.

  • All we can be sure about is that we want to fight shy of that country over there.

  • We irritate each other too: he will seem frightened and fight shy of me.

    Some Persons Unknown E. W. Hornung
  • I'll tell you what to do: just fight shy of it till I can get her to myself.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde

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