chicken out (of something)

chicken out (of something)
in. to manage to get out of something, usually because of fear or cowardice.
Come on! Don’t chicken out now!
Freddy chickened out of the plan at the last minute.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • chicken out —    If you chicken out of something, you decide not to do something because you are afraid.     He decided to join a karate class, but chickened out at the last minute …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • chicken out (of of doing something) — ˌchicken ˈout (of sth/of doing sth) derived (informal) to decide not to do sth because you are afraid • You re not going to chicken out, are you? • Kim put my name down for a sponsored parachute jump but I chickened out at the last moment.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chicken out — verb remove oneself from an obligation He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved • Syn: ↑back off, ↑pull out, ↑back down, ↑bow out • Hypernyms: ↑retire, ↑withdraw …   Useful english dictionary

  • chicken out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms chicken out : present tense I/you/we/they chicken out he/she/it chickens out present participle chickening out past tense chickened out past participle chickened out informal to not do something you were… …   English dictionary

  • chicken out — PHRASAL VERB If someone chickens out of something they were intending to do, they decide not to do it because they are afraid. [INFORMAL] [V P of n] His mother complains that he makes excuses to chicken out of family occasions such as weddings …   English dictionary

  • wimp out (of something) — in. to chicken ut (of something); to get out of something, leaving others to carry the burden. □ Come on! Don’t wimp out now that there’s all this work to be done. □ Ted wimped out on us …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • chicken out — {v. phr.}, {informal} To stop doing something because of fear; to decide not to do something after all even though previously having decided to try it. * /I used to ride a motorcycle on the highway, but I ve chickened out./ * /I decided to take… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • chicken out — {v. phr.}, {informal} To stop doing something because of fear; to decide not to do something after all even though previously having decided to try it. * /I used to ride a motorcycle on the highway, but I ve chickened out./ * /I decided to take… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • chicken\ out — v. phr. informal To stop doing something because of fear; to decide not to do something after all even though previously having decided to try it. I used to ride a motorcycle on the highway, but I ve chickened out. I decided to take flying… …   Словарь американских идиом

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