Definition of fight shy of in English:

fight shy of

phrase

  • Be unwilling to undertake or become involved with:

    ‘MacMillan has never fought shy of controversy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He never fought shy of the grand ones: love, war, vanity, world, truth, loss, death, pity, horror, humanity.’
    • ‘MacMillan has never fought shy of controversy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had previously fought shy of this venue thinking its prices would be beyond our budget.’
    • ‘Many directors have fought shy of the opera's dark side.’
    • ‘The federal government has traditionally fought shy of becoming involved in education, which is mainly dealt with at state level.’
    • ‘Sitting prime ministers have traditionally fought shy of debating head-to-head with their rivals so close to an election.’
    flinch from, demur from, recoil from, hang back from
    have scruples about, scruple about, have misgivings about, have qualms about, be averse to, be chary of, not be in favour of, be against, be opposed to, be diffident about, be bashful about, be shy about, be coy about
    be loath to, scruple to, be reluctant to, be unwilling to, be disinclined to, not be in the mood to, be indisposed to, be slow to, be hesitant to, be afraid to, hesitate to, hate to, not like to, not have the heart to, drag one's feet over, drag one's heels over, waver about, vacillate about, think twice about, baulk at, quail at, mind doing something
    be cagey about, boggle at
    disrelish
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