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.
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A third placed finish on his seasonal reappearance at Newcastle in April has been followed by three successive runner-up finishes, with favourite backers having their fingers burned on his most recent outing in Ffos Las maiden handicap.
Roma are wary of having their fingers burned after last year selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for what now appears a cut-price PS36.9m.
Roma are wary of having their fingers burned after selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for a cut-price PS36.9m.
Both Old Firm sides are plenty short enough - 3-10 at time of writing - and will the odds on boys be brave enough to go in again after having their fingers burned during the week?
Despite having their fingers burned as Vidic came late to complete a rare clean sweep for the big four, Boyles are taking them on again.
However, great players don't always make great managers and after having their fingers burned over Moyes, United's chiefs are likely to favour a more experienced candidate.
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