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English definition of “chicken out”

chicken out

infml phrasal verb with chicken verb
to decide not to do something because you are too frightened: We were going to go bungee jumping, but Sandra chickened out at the last minute.
(Definition of chicken out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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