once bitten, twice shy

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Definition of once bitten, twice shy

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

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“Once bitten, twice shy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/once%20bitten%2C%20twice%20shy. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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