have (one's) fingers burned

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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.
See also: burn, finger, have
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45PM After having his fingers burned to the tune of $30,000, young poker shark Mike (Matt Damon) resolves to give up the scene in favour of law school.
Ivor still has great faith in the co-operative system, despite having his fingers burned in the Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFB) fiasco.
Also, King Abdullah II expresses his concerns as such and gives warnings, but does not interfere, to avoid having his fingers burned.
Wenger has been reluctant to commit Arsenal to major spending after having his fingers burned by the failure of both Sylvain Wiltord (pounds 13m) and Francis Jeffers (pounds 9m).
After having his fingers burned by expensive flops like Alpay and Bosko Balaban, Ellis is understandably reluctant to write large cheques.
Moyes is believed to be reluctant to consider the prospect of taking Ball back to Everton after having his fingers burned over the Francis Jeffers deal last season.
When Adams negotiated a new three-year deal at Leicester last summer he insisted on the clause after having his fingers burned weeks earlier when Aston Villa were interested in having him replace Graham Taylor.
I'm not doubting his credentials for one minute and he deserves praise for showing a willingness even to get involved again after having his fingers burned the last time.