once bitten, twice shy

once bitten, twice shy
Once bitten, twice shy
If somebody is said to be once bitten twice shy, it means that someone who has been hurt or who has had something go wrong will be far more careful the next time.

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  • once\ bitten,\ twice\ shy — • burnt child dreads the fire • once bitten, twice shy proverb A person who has suffered from doing something has learned to avoid doing it again. Once Mary had got lost when her mother took her downtown. But a burnt child dreads the fire, so now …   Словарь американских идиом

  • once bitten twice shy —    This is said by someone who has had an unpleasant experience which has made them more cautious.     I m never going to get married again. Once bitten, twice shy! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • once bitten, twice shy —    If somebody is said to be once bitten twice shy, it means that someone who has been hurt or who has had something go wrong will be far more careful the next time.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Once bitten, twice shy. — something that you say which means when you have had an unpleasant experience you are much more careful to avoid similar experiences in the future. After he left her she refused to go out with anyone else for a long time once bitten, twice shy, I …   New idioms dictionary

  • Once bitten, twice shy —   If somebody is said to be once bitten twice shy, it means that someone who has been hurt or who has had something go wrong will be far more careful the next time …   Dictionary of English idioms

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