lose (one's) bottle

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lose (one's) bottle

To lose one's nerve, courage, or resolve to undertake something. Primarily heard in UK. I wanted to ask Steve on a date, but I lost my bottle at the last minute.
See also: bottle, lose
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And Grant insisted the rampant Scots won't lose their bottle when it comes to the crunch.
FACED with gorgeous Leona Lewis, most men lose their bottle.
Italy full-back Fabio Grosso predicted Scotland would lose their bottle while France coach Raymond Domenech has written off Alex McLeish's men.
She suggested that it was the fleshpots of Baden-Baden rather than the activities of the Portugal star Ronaldo which caused the England players to lose their bottle.
ARSENAL are sure they won't lose their bottle as they prepare to defend their Premiership title.
Why do England appear to lose their bottle and undoubted ability when the stakes are at their highest?
Brian Noble's side have been known to lose their bottle in the past and history could be about to repeat itself.
RYAN GIGGS has warned Arsenal and Chelsea that the Premier League trophy will remain at United if they lose their bottle in the title run-in.
For a start, of all the top teams in the division, Arsenal always appear to be the ones most likely to lose their bottle at places like Goodison.
Why do England appear to lose their bottle when the stakes are at their highest?
JAMIE WATT insists leaders Deveronvale won't lose their bottle as a result of their 6-0 hammering by Ayr in the Scottish Cup.
JAMIE CARRAGHER last night warned that England cannot afford to "shrink" and lose their bottle in their make-or-break qualifier in Estonia.
SOME people lose their bottle - but this contortionist loves nothing better than to get INTO her bottle.
MICK McCARTHY has all but written off Sunderland's automatic promotion hopes after admitting top two Norwich and West Brom are unlikely to lose their bottle during the Division One run-in.
Season after season, those Kings Road fancy dans get close to making a major impact on the Premiership, only to lose their bottle in the final furlong.