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cautious optimism

A feeling of general confidence regarding a situation and/or its outcome coupled with a readiness for possible difficulties or failure. I've prepared for this exam for weeks, so I have a cautious optimism that it will turn out well. It's best to exercise cautious optimism when starting any new business.
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once burned, twice cautious

Once one is hurt by someone or something, one will be extra cautious to avoid that person or thing in the future. I've learned my lesson from dating actors—once burned, twice cautious. The company's brief but disastrous attempt was enough for them to vow never to venture into the mobile phone market again. Once burned, twice cautious.
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The NCM issued a yellow warning for residents near the coast to be cautious of poor visibility of less than 1000meters because of fog formation.
"Admittedly, the recent rebound in crude oil prices supports a cautious approach in timing rate cuts," analysts at ANZ Research said in a May 7 commentary.
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A top Federal Reserve official has suggested the American central bank should hold rates and remain cautious.
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DELHI -- Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria said New Delhi was filled with cautious hope as Islamabad opened political window, The Indian Express reported.
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MANCHESTER United manager Jose Mourinho insists Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will have a part to play at the club next season despite him being unhappy with their "cautious" approach to injuries.
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At the same time, he pointed out that he was very cautious, since the relations with the Russian Federation was a very sensitive