1 chicken out Rate this phrase:(5.00 / 1 vote)
Back-out of an activity because of fear or other mindless reason. Refuse to keep your word.

You never told me that you were afraid of water until you backed-out of the fishing trip.

2 chicken out Rate this phrase:(5.00 / 1 vote)
lack nerves to act

I CHICKENED OUT of the bungee jumping when I saw how high it was.

3 chicken out Rate this phrase:(3.00 / 1 vote)
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.


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