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afraid of (one's) own shadow

Easily scared; jumpy; timid. Everyone was surprised that Janice led the meeting with confidence, as she normally seems afraid of her own shadow. Please don't take my sister to a haunted house on Halloween—she's afraid of her own shadow.
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afraid of one's own shadow

Fig. easily frightened; always frightened, timid, or suspicious. (An exaggeration.) After Tom was robbed, he was even afraid of his own shadow.
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afraid of one's own shadow

Very timid and fearful, as in Richard constantly worries about security; he's afraid of his own shadow. This hyperbole has been used in English since the early 1500s, and some writers believe it originated in ancient Greece.
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afraid of your own shadow

If someone is afraid of their own shadow, they are very nervous and shy. She's afraid of everything these days — afraid of her own shadow. Note: Adjectives such as scared or frightened can be used instead of afraid. He used to be scared of his own shadow as a little boy.
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afraid of (or frightened of) your own shadow

unreasonably timid or nervous.
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Or a Golden Retriever be aggressive and bites people, while a breed that was bred as a protector and guard such as a Doberman be afraid of his own shadow.
TRANSL888 it: Gethin is afraid of his own shadow in Pobol y Cwm this week, as he stumbles across a masked man hiding a body bag in a pit.
Melancholic as it would he for President Barack Obama to be afraid of his own shadow, big as that is in his position as the single most important human on earth, by the same token it would be worrisome if he were frightened of association with his ancestors.
After 40 years in the Big City, I am still a city boy, and always will be, for all my gentleman-farmer pretensions--just another city boy, afraid of his own shadow and leaving destruction in his wake.
I saw myself as I assumed they saw me: a disfigured young drip who behaved as if he was afraid of his own shadow.
Now if it was 'Tiger Timmy', a timid children's cartoon character who is afraid of his own shadow and gets into all types of scrapes with his chums, then it becomes a little more believable.
Where's the delight in watching the Defiant One suddenly afraid of his own shadow, practically holding down his hands so he wouldn't seem too emotional?
Peter, not many days before these events, was afraid of his own shadow.
AND to be honest they are a fairly pathetic lot: Em (Phyl Harries) is unable to tell his wife the truth behind his inability to have children and pays the price; Wayne cannot keep his hands to himself, Gwil who is a doormat and afraid of his own shadow, Aled (Maldwyn John) who just uses people for his own gain, Bryn (Michael Povey) who cannot see his daughter must make up her own mind about her life .
In this, he is well supported by his trio of button-down thesps, especially veteran Yank actor-director Berry as the old psychotic afraid of his own shadow.
There's Pretty -- a monster with a face only a mother could love, and Scary - a phantom afraid of his own shadow.