fight shy

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fight shy

  1. To avoid meeting fairly or at close quarters; to keep out of reach (of).

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for fight shy in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)