gun-shy


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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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Asked if he was concerned that Gasol was gun-shy about returning to play, Jackson joked: "You mean, that he's a hypochondriac and might be a baby and might not come out and play?
I trained hard but nothing went right for me, I felt a bit gun-shy.
But our members continue to report an inability to get credit, even government-backed lending," he said, since many banks are gun-shy.
People want to know if I'm gun-shy now, but I'm going to take control of the centre of the ring and throw bombs from the start.
I've heard some people saying that I am going to be gun-shy.
Louise explains: "Wellington was very gun-shy and really couldn't cope very well with loud bangs, such as fireworks.
Duncan explained that the economic slowdown has increased conservatism and made lenders more gun-shy, which, in turn, will slow the pace of recovery as credit extension slows.
Americans are notoriously gun-shy when it comes to foreign languages.
I reckon Arthur is gun-shy now and although he's always talking about a rematch with me deep down I don't think he wants it.
I reckon Arthur is gun-shy and although he's always talking about a rematch with me deep down he doesn't want it.
But when they dared to show their faces again yesterday, some of Vaughan's batsmen looked gun-shy - and their lack of runs is now a major worry just four days before the Test.
I've been gun-shy ever since trying that Nehru-shirt look in the '60s.
Limbaugh, the government is targeting doctors, and the doctors are becoming so gun-shy they don't want to risk dealing with chronic pain patients at all.
And, outside auditing firms are gun-shy about providing guidance that could be viewed as "consulting" or, worse, as the auditor being an integral part of the organization's internal control structure.
Issues stemming from First Amendment rights, and controversies that have landed school boards in court generally make principals and superintendents gun-shy about increasing the power of student publications.