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have (one's) fingers burned

To suffer an unpleasant or ruinous consequence (especially the loss of money) for some action, often such that one becomes unwilling or reluctant to do it again. During the boom times, countless would-be investors put everything they owned into shady investment deals, and most of them ended up having their fingers burned.
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However, great players don't always make great managers and after having their fingers burned over Moyes, United's chiefs are likely to favour a more experienced candidate.
Both Old Firm sides are plenty short enough - 3-10 at time of writing - and will the odds on boys be brave enough to go in again after having their fingers burned during the week?
Despite having their fingers burned as Vidic came late to complete a rare clean sweep for the big four, Boyles are taking them on again.
But top men's magazines such as Penthouse are reluctant to snap them up after having their fingers burned publishing so-called pictures of Anna Kournikova when they were in fact photos of a Benetton heiress.
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