from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Afraid of loud noise, such as that of gunfire.
- adj. Extremely distrustful or wary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Afraid of guns, or the noise they make.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Afraid of a gun; frightened by the report of a gun: said of a field-dog.
It seems ridiculous to accuse True Blood of being gun-shy about killing people, but in terms of the principal cast, there have been surprisingly few deaths and an alarming number of additions.
Retail has been one of the slowest commercial property sectors to recover from the downturn, lagging behind offices, hotels and health care as high unemployment keeps consumers gun-shy.
Japanese companies are so notoriously gun-shy about shedding businesses especially to non-Japanese buyers that General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt joked at a speech in Tokyo two years ago that he hoped to acquire a Japanese company "some day in our lifetime."
Condor, a Brazilian company, displayed tear-gas grenades alongside rubber-coated bullets, but was gun-shy about speaking to the media.
The exodus and uncertainty as Election Day approaches, with polls showing Democrats could lose dozens of seats in Congress, has left the remaining policy makers gun-shy.
It's not that Brenda Warner is suddenly uncomfortable with publicity, but her time in the St. Louis spotlight left her a bit gun-shy about opening herself to the world again.
Wall Street has become so gun-shy when it comes to the region that even a whisper of protests causes panic, a reality that has propelled Burnett to begin researching U.S. energy independence.
Sporkin added that the SEC and the Justice Department may now be "gun-shy."
Some of the graduating seniors were fresh young reporters on the staff when the controversy exploded in their collective faces, and I would describe them as gun-shy about generating any more controversy.
Virginia, Washington had discovered, was gun-shy.23