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English definition of “bottle out”

bottle out

UK informal
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with bottle   /ˈbɒt.l̩/ us    /ˈbɑː.t̬l̩/
to suddenly decide not to do something that you had intended to do because you feel frightened and lose your confidence: I was going to enter a belly-dancing contest, but I bottled out at the last minute.
(Definition of bottle out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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