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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In early April, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said, "We have gotten gun-shy .
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I trained hard but nothing went right for me, I felt a bit gun-shy.
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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.