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Meaning of gun-shy

gun-shy

Pronunciation: (gun'shī"), [key]
— adj.
  1. frightened by the sound of a gunshot: a gun-shy bird dog.
  2. hesitant, wary, or distrustful, esp. because of previous unpleasant experience.
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