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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New York went through a period where they became so gunshy that even the nonprofits were hesitant to produce unknown playwrights," said Steinberg, who heads the audit committee of the Public Theater and serves on the board of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The home entertainment industry isn't feeling as gunshy about new initiatives.
If you've got a pup that has developed this affliction, your best bet is to order the Gunshy Cure System, which contains an audio CD that employs behavior modification methods to cure your dog.
The challenge of introducing electronic control to the automobile industry, which was gunshy of electronics and of unproven, questionably reliable new technologies in general, was therefore shared by several companies that all moved to include integrated circuits and microprocessors in their designs.
5 per cent increase in net profit for the second quarter of this fiscal as a slew of cost-cutting initiatives began to pay off and gunshy customers began to make some decisions.
That short leash may have led the Federal Circuit to be gunshy in the Bilski case, where an overly solicitous opinion resulted in the exact situation it was designed to prevent: another successful Supreme Court appeal.
People are gunshy about where they put their money.
A subsequent lack of acting work in Britain prompted Jonny to make the leap across the pond, but he admits he was a little gunshy.
Unfortunately, for every gunshy SMB unwilling to take the technological leap, there's an overzealous one under the misapprehension that technology will automatically solve all its problems.
Greely said he would continue to distribute the guidelines, but added: "It would make you a little gunshy about going, wouldn't it.
Movies other than Spider-Man performed unevenly, but there were none of the major disasters that have characterized some other film seasons, and which turned retailers gunshy.
Jackson particularly has developed into a devastating performer after beginning the season as a gunshy net player.
Large centrist foundations tend to be more gunshy about supporting activist groups, in part because of fears (often exaggerated) about IRS or congressional retribution, and in part because their boards usually include business leaders who may not be enthusiastic about financing activist causes.