Once bitten, twice shy
An injury makes a person wary of its cause.
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How to use Once bitten, twice shy in a sentence
Once discovered, this maneuver did not endear the councilors to their constituents.
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His peers remember him as a bright man who spoke softly and occasionally came across as a bit shy.
Every once in a while, they act swiftly and acknowledge the problem.
“I heard them say, ‘He was shot twice,’” the father, Joseph Dossi, remembers.
He held it, but it was without pressure; without recognizance of the delight with which he once grasped it.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
We had six field-pieces, but we only took four, harnessed wit twice the usual number of horses.
When his lordship retired early, as was his custom, the other men adjourned once more to the billiard-room.
As Spain, however, has fallen from the high place she once held, her colonial system has also gone down.
Each picture bore a label, giving a true description of the once-honoured gem.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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.