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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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