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English definition of “chicken out”

chicken out

slang disapproving
verb uk phrasal verb with chicken   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ us  
to decide not to do something because you are too frightened: I was going to go bungee jumping, but I chickened out.CowardlyAvoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
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