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!
See also: frighten, of, shadow
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For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life.
I'M frightened of my own shadow, so why I went to Farmageddon without a change of underwear I will never understand.
I got to the point where I was frightened of my own shadow and I don't want to live my life like that any more.
I'm frightened of my own shadow as he refuses to let me break up with him.
I was a confident person, now I'm frightened of my own shadow.
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