Meaning of “chicken out” in the English Dictionary

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"chicken out" in British English

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chicken out

slang disapproving
phrasal verb with chicken uk /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ us /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ verb

to decide not to do something because you are too frightened:

I was going to go bungee jumping, but I chickened out.

(Definition of “chicken out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chicken out" in American English

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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)