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 Fig’aro.Fight Shy (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(See Hudibras, Pt. iii. c. 3.)   1
“He that fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he that is in battle slain
Can never rise to fight again.”
Sir John Mennes: Musarum Delictæ (1656.)
   Demos’thens, being reproached for running away from Philip of Macedon, at Chærone’a, replied, “A man that runs away may fight again (Anuetarho o phiευgammaomeganu).” (See Aulus Gellius, xvii. 21.)   2

 Fig’aro.Fight Shy (To). 

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