Idiom: 'Once bitten, twice shy'

What does 'Once bitten, twice shy' mean?

Meaning: If somebody is said to be once bitten twice shy, it means that someone who has been hurt or who has had something go wrong will be far more careful the next time.

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Country: International English | Subject Area: Numbers | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used

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