Gun-shy



[guhn-shahy] /ˈgʌnˌʃaɪ/

adjective
1.
frightened by the sound of a gunshot:
a gun-shy bird dog.
2.
hesitant, wary, or distrustful, especially because of previous unpleasant experience.
adjective
1.
afraid of a gun or the sound it makes: a gun-shy dog is useless for shooting
adj.

1884, originally of sporting dogs, from gun (n.) + shy (adj.).

adjective

Apprehensive; reluctant; fearful: He’s still gun-shy about putting things on paper (1884+)

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