chicken out

This page is about the slang term 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

a. excited

b. afraid

c. busy

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Contributor: Matt Errey