Definition of get one's fingers burned/burnt (or burn one's fingers) in English:

get one's fingers burned/burnt (or burn one's fingers)


  • (especially in a financial context) suffer unpleasant consequences as a result of one's actions, discouraging one from trying a similar action again.

    • ‘It might create a false market in the company's shares, causing investors to get their fingers burnt.’
    • ‘Takeway owners in Preston and South Ribble could get their fingers burnt following an overhaul of the licensing laws.’
    • ‘Many of those who got their fingers burned remain on the sidelines and most of the established venture capital companies no longer invest in early stage companies, preferring to wait until they have a more stable track record.’
    • ‘It should come as no surprise to them when they get their fingers burnt.’
    • ‘This means that even if some people do end up getting their fingers burned in this sector, they are unlikely to destabilise the whole market.’
    • ‘Sometimes, when people are very trusting and open, they get their fingers burned.’
    • ‘He got his fingers burnt in a patisserie venture at the Lakeside shopping centre in Essex.’
    • ‘‘There are too many uncertainties at this stage and people could end up getting their fingers burned,’ he said.’
    • ‘Forecasters got their fingers burned last weekend when they predicted a scorcher and all we got was wind, rain and cloud.’
    • ‘This is no solace to ordinary people who've got their fingers burned in the stock market.’