burn fingers

burn your fingers

also get (your fingers) burned
to have a bad result from something, esp. to lose money Many investors burned their fingers on those stocks. The museum has gotten burned on several paintings purchased recently that have turned out to be fakes.
See also: burn, finger

burn your fingers

  also have/get your fingers burned/burnt
to suffer unpleasant results of an action, especially loss of money, so you are not keen to try the same thing again Many investors burn their fingers when they are tempted by get-rich-quick schemes. Several art dealers got their fingers burned on old master paintings that later turned out to be fakes.
See also: burn, finger
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Inevitably, they will be eaten as soon as they are cool enough not to burn fingers.
Its CHIP Series(R) lighting products are built with Light Prescription Innovators' unique collection of patented optical technologies which make extremely durable lamps that last thousands of hours longer, don't burn fingers, and are capable of delivering a very focused beam of light in all elements.
Its CHIP Series(R) lighting products are built with Light Prescription Innovators' unique collection of patented optical technologies which make extremely durable bulbs that last thousands of hours longer, don't burn fingers, and are capable of delivering a very focused beam of light in all elements.