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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"I'm not going to become gun-shy just because he put me down.
As a result, investors are still gun-shy about returning to the industry.
"We got penalised early and became a bit gun-shy. We sat back a bit," he added.
Consequently, students became "gun-shy" about trying to register for summer courses, says one community college spokesman.
Whatever was behind the latest delay on fracking, it is probably fair to say the governor might be politically gun-shy (no pun intended) about the controversial drilling process given the backlash he is getting from his SAFE Act legislation that has triggered a run on gun sales and protests in Albany against Cuomo.
A slow-burning tater that's not gun-shy when it matters, "Dead Man's Burden" reps an impressive first feature from producer-turned-helmer Jared Moshe.
In early April, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said, "We have gotten gun-shy ...
Boeing is "gun-shy" for 777X launch, Air Lease CEO says.
There are reasons we are gun-shy. We got taken in three or four times, and remember that we have Doyle Field on the docket."
Tight credit markets and gun-shy lenders mean appraisers are often pushed to be conservative with their valuations and come in below market.
INDIANAPOLIS v TENNESSEE Sky Sports 1, 1.20am INDIANAPOLIS have regularly let their backers down lately as star quarterback Peyton Manning has turned into an interception machine, but punters should take a leaf out of his book as now is not the time to be gun-shy, writes Simon Milham.
Supporters say that the gun-shy should not fear the new law since it requires that gun wranglers refrain from drinking when they bring their weapons into these establishments, that, um, serve drinks.
Jonathan Knee, a media banker at Evercore Partners Inc, said most executives remain "gun-shy" and any dealmaking would likely involve cable channels or modest new media plays, rather than the blockbuster takeovers.
Tim Yeager, associate professor of finance at the University of Arkansas, said, "One thing that's clear is that we have plenty of competition and the competition is forcing banks to take more risks." But banks are also gun-shy, he said, and that is cutting into profits.
I trained hard but nothing went right for me, I felt a bit gun-shy.