singe (one's) wings

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singe (one's) wings

To suffer harm, defeat, or ruin in the pursuit of something risky. An allusion to the mythical figure Icarus, who constructed a set of wings out of feathers and wax that melted when he flew too close to the sun. He used to be one of the most successful financial advisers on Wall Street, but he singed his wings going after high-risk, high-profit investments that ultimately bankrupted him.
See also: singe, wing

singe your wings

suffer harm, especially in a risky attempt.
See also: singe, wing
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How had they lived among thieves born with singed wings and webbed teeth gifts and ornaments from the family pit raised above their beds as they swallowed a glint of whiskey out of the holster.