- bitten by a snake.
- Informal. unlucky; doomed to misfortune.
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
"Don't say that," exclaimed the snake-bitten man, struggling to rise.The Gold Hunter's Adventures
William H. Thomes
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