frightened of (one's) (own) shadow

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frightened of (one's) (own) shadow

Easily or constantly spooked, nervous, timid, afraid, or fearfully suspicious. I can't say I have much faith in Johnny helping us on this expedition—that boy's frightened of his own shadow! You can't live life frightened of your shadow—you need to get out into the world and taste adventure!
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Gutierrez seems frightened of his own shadow in this division, playing as though he expects bodily harm to be inflicted at any moment.
The country's top cop seems so frightened of his own shadow I fear he dare not say boo to a terrorist.
The bride's father, Jerry (Albert Brooks), turns out to be a neurotic foot-doctor who's frightened of his own shadow and definitely disapproving of the flamboyant Steve.
Us strikers have an instinct for these things - and I can tell that Cole has been more or less frightened of his own shadow.
He supposedly left John Prescott in charge but the Deputy Prime Minister appears frightened of his own shadow.
I should have twigged earlier as Blonde Mac is usually frightened of his own shadow on parade, but instead was unusually confident - even sticking his nose right in the camera lens
The bride's father, Jerry (Albert Brooks), turns out to be a neurotic foot-doctor who is frightened of his own shadow and definitely disapproving of the flamboyant Steve.
Brendan (Peter McDonald) is a dull, nerdish, going nowhere schoolteacher who sings in a church choir and is so shy that he is frightened of his own shadow.
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