once bitten, twice shy

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Once bitten, twice shy.

  1. One is cautious if he or she has been hurt in the past.

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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 261.