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English definition of “get/have your fingers burned”

get/have your fingers burned

( also burn your fingers) informal
to suffer unpleasant results of an action, especially loss of money, so you do not want to do the same thing again: She'd invested extensively in stocks and got her fingers burned when the market collapsed.
(Definition of get/have your fingers burned from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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