once bitten, twice shy

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once bitten, twice shy

Once hurt, one is doubly cautious in the future, as in He was two days late last time, so she's not hiring him againonce bitten, twice shy. This seemingly old observation, presumably alluding to an animal biting someone, was first recorded in 1894.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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