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Once bitten, twice shy.

Prov. When something or someone has hurt you once, you tend to avoid that thing or person. Jill: Let's go ride the roller coaster. Jane: No, thanks. I got really sick on one of those once—once bitten, twice shy. I once sent in money for something I saw advertised in the back of a magazine, but the merchandise was of such poor quality I was sorry I'd bought it. I'll never buy anything that way again; once bitten, twice shy.
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once bitten, twice shy

Once hurt, one is doubly cautious in the future, as in He was two days late last time, so she's not hiring him again-once bitten, twice shy. This seemingly old observation, presumably alluding to an animal biting someone, was first recorded in 1894.
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You say once bitten, twice shy to mean that a bad experience makes you not want to become involved in a similar situation in the future. I'm certainly not looking for a new boyfriend. Once bitten, twice shy. Tokyo's punters, once bitten, twice shy, will not come rushing back for more.
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once bitten, twice shy

a bad experience makes you wary of the same thing happening again.
This expression dates from the late 19th century. A variant common in the USA is once burned, twice shy .
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ˌonce ˈbitten, ˌtwice ˈshy

(saying) if something has gone wrong once, you are very careful not to let something similar happen again: ‘Will she marry again, do you think?’ ‘I doubt it — once bitten, twice shy.’
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But the once bitten Totski was twice shy, and looked for hidden snakes among the flowers.
Young voters will be once bitten, twice shy at the next election.
Gemma, mum to baby Leo, said she was aware of the potential danger from spiders as she was once bitten by a false widow and ended up in hospital.
It appears that the once bitten, twice shy tech giant is not taking any chances with its upcoming smartphone after the (http://www.
But, as they say, once bitten, twice shy (four times, in her case).
Once bitten you can never quite remove the lingering smell of steam and smoke from your lungs and those idyllic 50s days are forever part of your life.
She said that everyone is prone to be infected once bitten.
Once bitten by the living dead, victims have two months before they 'turn' and must either enter quarantine camps or be shot.
Once bitten by the living dead, victims have two months before they "turn" and must either enter quarantine camps or be shot.
The fruit, once bitten into, tastes surprisingly similar to a pineapple, hence it's name.
Once bitten twice shy they say, so if anyone should be wary of unions that may not last it would be Jess, but - hey - maybe it's experience that makes her so sure.
Spokesman Wayne Lincoln said: "It was a case of once bitten, twice shy when we priced up Pakistan first-innings runs at 240-255.
The message from the electorate should be once bitten, twice shy, so get lost.
Legend has it that vampires feed on human blood, and once bitten a person turns into a vampire and starts feasting on the blood of others.
The very extreme will go down the route of deserting England in favour of another national side, often using the most tenuous of reasons such as their granny was once bitten by an Irish wolfhound while having a Guinness.