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    once bitten twice shy

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    “I’m not in the running for any big deal,” he said. “Besides, once bitten twice shy

    “You’ve been bitten more than once” Sally reminded him.

    once bitten twice shy = the scalded dog fears cold water

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: once bitten twice shy

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    “I’m not in the running for any big deal,” he said. “Besides, once bitten twice shy

    “You’ve been bitten more than once” Sally reminded him.

    once bitten twice shy = the scalded dog fears cold water

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    Gee, Vil, where do you get this stuff?????

    The scalded dog fears cold water because he thinks it will be scalding hot, again!
    The guy dating the beautiful blonde fears a relationship with another beautiful blonde because he was rejected/hurt by the first beautiful blonde!

    If 'bitten' the first time, why go through the ordeal a second time for fear of the same result?

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    Exclamation Re: once bitten twice shy

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    “I’m not in the running for any big deal,” he said. “Besides, once bitten twice shy

    “You’ve been bitten more than once” Sally reminded him.

    once bitten twice shy = the scalded dog fears cold water=
    The burnt child dreads the fire.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    When you were hurt by something in the past, you are more than careful for similar thing.

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