Meaning of “get/have your fingers burned” in the English Dictionary

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"get/have your fingers burned" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)