bitten by a snake.
Informal. unlucky; doomed to misfortune.

Also snake·bit·ten [sneyk-bit-n] /ˈsneɪkˌbɪt n/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snake-bitten

Historical Examples of snake-bitten

  • To the snake-bitten mare he gave outspoken sympathy, to me his silence.

    A Man in the Open

    Roger Pocock

  • "Don't say that," exclaimed the snake-bitten man, struggling to rise.

  • Suddenly he started as if snake-bitten, sat up at his desk and reached for the telephone.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

    Peter B. Kyne

  • Your foot cannot be any worse than if you had been snake-bitten, surely, and you and I ought to have as much sense as the dog.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough