#OnceBittenTwiceShy is said when someone has been hurt or had a bad experience in the past, so they‘re far less likely to take risks or make the same mistake again in the future. Often used in books where the hero or heroine has been scorned once by love and refuses to let their guard down again.
In Persuasion, my second favorite Austen novel, Captain Wentworth epitomizes this idiom. These are the covers of the editions I own.
#IdiomInsight Day 30: I have reached the part in this chunkster of a novel where the main character has #OnceBittenTwiceShy vibes - his heart broken, his home destroyed, his entire family dead. Our #EmiratesLitFoundation book club pick for October.