once bitten, twice shy

Definition of once bitten, twice shy

  1. —used to mean that a person who has failed or been hurt when trying to do something is careful or fearful about doing it again.

Word by Word Definitions

onceplay
  1. :  one time and no more

    :  at any one time :  under any circumstances :  ever

    :  at some indefinite time in the past :  formerly

  1. :  one single time :  one time at least

  1. :  that once was :  former

  1. :  at the moment when :  as soon as

biteplay bitten
  1. :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound

    :  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis

    :  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon

  1. :  the act of biting

    :  the manner of biting

    :  occlusion

twiceplay
  1. :  on two occasions

    :  two times :  in doubled quantity or degree

  1. :  easily frightened :  timid

    :  disposed to avoid a person or thing

    :  hesitant in committing oneself :  circumspect

  1. :  to start suddenly aside through fright or alarm

  1. :  a sudden start aside (as from fright)

  1. :  to make a sudden throw

    :  to throw (an object) with a jerk :  fling

  1. :  the act of shying :  toss, throw

    :  a verbal fling or attack

    :  cockshy


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