Definition of once bitten, twice shy in US English:

once bitten, twice shy

phrase

proverb
  • An unpleasant experience induces caution.

    • ‘For him, however, it was not a case of once bitten, twice shy.’
    • ‘There will be an element of once bitten, twice shy with investors who will shy away from going back into equities.’
    • ‘The Kerry champions, on their first visit to Croke Park as a club, played with the conservatism and nervousness of a team that had been here before, once bitten, twice shy.’
    • ‘I can only hope that as a nation, we remain once bitten, twice shy.’
    • ‘I would never have believed the pictures had I not seen them, and once bitten, twice shy.’
    • ‘But her resilient, pragmatic approach won over voters who could arguably have been once bitten, twice shy about returning any sort of Thatcher to victory.’
    • ‘Of course, once bitten, twice shy, and on top of that, he's got the whole male ego thing telling him not to take another risk.’