have the bug

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be bitten by the bug = have the bug

develop a sudden strong enthusiasm for something

I could have bitten my tongue off

Used to convey that you profoundly and immediately regret having said something

once bitten twice shy

a bad experience makes you wary of the same thing happening again

This expression dates from the late 19th century. A variant common in the USA is once burned, twice shy.

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