Definition of gun-shy in English:

gun-shy

Syllabification: gun-shy
Pronunciation: /ˈɡənˌSHī
 
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adjective

1(Especially of a hunting dog) alarmed at the report of a gun.
More example sentences
  • Weapons training can be troubling for the gun-shy.
  • Some countries are gun-shy, hesitant to send peacekeepers into what the Pentagon now admits is a raging guerrilla war.
1.1(Of a person) nervous and apprehensive.
More example sentences
  • But if you put pressure on him, he's awful throwing outside the pocket and also has a tendency to get gun-shy, and he starts throwing off his back foot.
  • Some companies, gun-shy for fear that anything they say could be used against them in court, are even refusing to discuss their plans to comply with laws to stop telemarketing and e-mail abuses.
  • So what does the 26-page report say to reassure gun-shy men who fear they might be put through the ringer by biased child custody awards or draconian child support laws?

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