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 for To fight shy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shy \Shy\ (sh[imac]), a. [Compar. Shier (sh[imac]"[~e]r) or
     Shyer; superl. Shiest or Shyest.] [OE. schey, skey,
     sceouh, AS. sce['o]h; akin to Dan. sky, Sw. skygg, D. schuw,
     MHG. schiech, G. scheu, OHG. sciuhen to be or make timid. Cf.
     1. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.
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              The horses of the army . . . were no longer shy, but
              would come up to my very feet without starting.
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     2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
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              What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's
              nobody loves you better than I.       --Arbuthnot.
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              The embarrassed look of shy distress
              And maidenly shamefacedness.          --Wordsworth.
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     3. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
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              I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the
              preparation of medicines.             --Boyle.
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              Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of
              thier successors.                     --Sir H.
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     4. Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy
        two players.[Slang]
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     5. (Poker), owing money to the pot; -- in cases where an
        opponent's bet has exceeded a player's available stake or
        chips, but the player chooses to continue playing the hand
        before adding the required bet to the pot. [Slang]
     To fight shy. See under Fight, v. i.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fight \Fight\ (f[imac]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fought
     (f[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Fighting.] [OE. fihten, fehten,
     AS. feohtan; akin to D. vechten, OHG. fehtan, G. fechten, Sw.
     f[aum]kta, Dan. fegte, and perh. to E. fist; cf. L. pugnare
     to fight, pugnus fist.]
     1. To strive or contened for victory, with armies or in
        single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an
        enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; --
        followed by with or against.
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              You do fight against your country's foes. --Shak.
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              To fight with thee no man of arms will deign.
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     2. To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to
        contend; to strive; to make resistance.
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     To fight shy, to avoid meeting fairly or at close quarters;
        to keep out of reach.
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