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To shy away from a daring task; to decline, refuse, or avoid something due to fear or uncertainty.

We almost convinced his dad to ride the roller coaster, but he chickened out when he saw how high it went.

Additional definitions for 'chicken out':

chicken outlack nerves to act
chicken outBack-out of an activity because of fear or other mindless reason. Refuse to keep your word.
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