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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And that had as much to do with Swansea's off-days from key men and Ipswich's own ability to be frightened of their shadows.
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