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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NHS staff have become frightened of their own shadows due to suing nonsense.
Many of the insiders in President Barack Obama's circle preferred to dismiss these menacing speeches as no more than whistling in the dark by men frightened of their own shadows.
We have holiday camp conditions for criminals with lengthy form, who fnd the current soft options meted out by members of the bent judiciary frightened of their own shadows, a doddle.
In other words our once proud police have become little more than panic-stricken social workers, frightened of their own shadows, and ripe for exploitation by the preposterously named Nadine Milroy-Sloan.
Frightened of their own shadows in defence, West Bromwich Albion slumped to their fourth defeat in six games under the floodlights of Oxford United's Manor Ground last night.
HOW THEY WILL DO: Too often frightened of their own shadows to make a serious impact on the big prizes, their greatest limitation is their own inhibition rather than any lack of organisation or ability.
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