shy of

Also found in: Idioms.
See: leery
References in classic literature ?
When you can look round a roomful of people and think that each one is a mere child in intellect compared with yourself you feel no more shy of them than you would of a select company of magpies or orang-outangs.
Carey had thought much how she should treat him; she was anxious to do her duty; but now he was there she found herself just as shy of him as he was of her.
Summary: There is little doubt that a multiyear top is in place just shy of 1.
The wife of ex-Tory MP Neil Hamilton has never been shy of admitting she likes a drink or three.
During the summer of 1966, a month shy of my sixteenth birthday, I started my first gig as a junior counselor.