一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草繩

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Chinese[edit]

 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
 
morning; to face; towards; facing; direct; a dynasty; the imperial court; (abbr.) Korea, esp. N. Korea
 
by (marker for passive-voice sentences or clauses); quilt; blanket; to cover; to wear
snake; serpent bite; nip ten; 10 year to be afraid; to fear
 
grass; straw; draft (of a document); careless; rough; manuscript; hasty
rope
trad. (一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草繩)
simp. (一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草绳)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: Bitten by a snake on one morning, afraid of the rope by the well for ten years.

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Proverb[edit]

一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草繩

  1. once bitten, twice shy.

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