chicken out

phrasal verb
chickened out; chickening out; chickens out

Definition of chicken out

informal
: to decide not to do something because one is afraid He was going to ask her on a date, but he chickened out at the last minute.

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“Chicken out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chicken%20out. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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chicken out

verb
chickened out; chickening out

Kids Definition of chicken out

: to become too scared to do something

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