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chicken out

slang To refuse to do something due to fear (real or perceived). Jumping off the high-dive is fun! Don't chicken out! I didn't chicken out, I just changed my mind, OK?
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chicken out (of something)

Inf. to manage to get out of something, usually because of fear or cowardice. Come on! Don't chicken out now! Freddy chickened out of the plan at the last minute.
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chicken out

Back out from fear, lose one's nerve, as in In the end I chickened out and took the easier route down the mountain. Chicken is a popular synonym for "cowardly," a usage arising in the 1600s and 1700s but then apparently abandoned until the 20th century. [Slang; c. 1930]
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chicken out

v. Slang
To decide not to do or complete an activity due to fear: My friends dared me to jump into the pond, but I chickened out and climbed down from the tree.
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chicken out

verb
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Sure it costs money to feed chickens and justifying feeding a flock and caring for older hens can be tough, but I know that many chicken keepers will start letting their older chickens out of their runs and allow them to free range more often to supplement their diet with grass, seeds, bugs, and weeds, and therefore, eat less commercial feed.
When Azaria's aforementioned naked Frenchman invites them on a scuba outing, Reuben chickens out and leaves Lisa alone on Claude's boat.