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"chicken out" in British English

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chicken out

slang disapproving
phrasal verb with chicken uk   us   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ verb
to ​decide not to do something because you are too ​frightened: I was going to go ​bungeejumping, but I chickened out.
(Definition of chicken out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
Translations of “chicken out”
in Chinese (Simplified) (因害怕而)退缩,放弃…
in Turkish tırsmak, korkup vazgeçmek, ürküp caymak…
in Russian струсить…
in Chinese (Traditional) (因害怕而)退縮,放棄…
in Polish stchórzyć…
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