bottle out

phrasal verb

bottled out; bottling out; bottles 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.

Examples of bottle out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Offering cash to get plastic bottles out of the waste stream is a simple, effective solution. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2024 The singer did, pausing her performance to tell staff to help distressed people, and once tossing a bottle out to the crowd herself. Marina Dias, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023

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“Bottle out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottle%20out. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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