bottle out

Definition of bottle out

British slang
:to become too afraid to do something :to lose one's nerve
  • I was going to ask him but then I bottled out.

Word by Word Definitions

bottle play
  1. : a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle

  2. : a usually bottle-shaped container made of skin for storing a liquid

  3. : the quantity held by a bottle

  1. : to confine as if in a bottle : restrain

  2. : to put or keep in a position or situation that makes free activity, progress, or escape difficult or impossible

  3. : to put into or as if into a bottle

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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