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chicken out

Meaning: to change one's mind about doing something because of fear

For example:

  • I was going to go sky diving, but I chickened out at the last minute.

  • Gary said he felt too sick to go bungee jumping, but his friends said he was just chickening out.

Quick Quiz:

Johnny chickened out because he was
  1. excited
  2. afraid
  3. busy

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