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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fight Shy (To).
 
To avoid. A shy person is unwilling to come forward, and to fight is to resist, to struggle in a contest. To “fight shy,” therefore, is to resist being brought into contest or conflict.   1
 


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