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gun-shy

1. Frightened of using a gun or by the sound of one firing. My other three sons all really love to hunt, but Tommy's a little bit gun-shy.
2. Hesitant or wary of something or some action, especially after having previously suffered a negative experience of such. I've been rather gun-shy about driving ever since I got into that car accident last year.
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BACK TO BASICS Rehabilitating dogs that are bird shy, gun shy and/ or won't retrieve comes down to two basic principles.
After studying the Mexican ahead of the fight in Mexico City, Pendred insisted he was expecting a far more aggressive opponent and was forced to adapt to the gun shy version of Montano.
Marsh further said it is a difficult situation and players' careers are at stake if umpires get it wrong, adding he thinks the umpires feel significant political pressure around this particular issue, therefore, the officials are a bit gun shy to go down the path of reporting players.
Nevertheless, Virtual Communications Express is focused at smaller administrations that are a bit gun shy about a heavy-duty communications distribution.
8220;They are gun shy about ramping up for future growth by hiring new, key people that are locked into high salaries without any real guarantee of getting a return on those comp dollars.
It is pretty safe to say that most front line or mid-level managers are a little gun shy about requesting to add to the workforce in preparation for future growth.
Corporate boards also are gun shy about authorizing purchases of business jets in the wake of the scourging of auto industry and banking executives for using business aircraft by Washington politicos," writes George.
They've been very gun shy, the Apple people," a source said.
He is convinced that many courts are gun shy to call any injury that occurs in a hospital a case of ordinary negligence.
He boxed well on the outside and was a little gun shy but what more do people expect?
Byrd said the hit he took on the Little Rock location (about $70,000 on the remodel plus operational losses) has him a little gun shy.
Of course, this business tests the good will and humor of the targeted faculty, but only a few are gun shy and opt out of participating.
If these shows are canceled, and there's no explanation (how the story was to play out), and there's no satisfaction, next year, will audiences be really gun shy about committing to those shows?
I think the reason it hasn't happened for Berlin yet is that the Germans are a little gun shy about articulating [their goal of European leadership] too strongly and the French are just adamant about Paris being the center of the world," he says.
Because the Bureau was so gun shy about getting caught even in the neighborhood of a civil liberties violation, it never did look to see if there were other "Middle Eastern men" getting pilot training elsewhere in the nation.