be afraid of (one's) (own) shadow

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be afraid of (one's) (own) shadow

To be 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 afraid of his own shadow! You can't live life being afraid of your shadow—you need to get out into the world and taste adventure!
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I'd say the Democrats are afraid of their own shadow, but I'm not sure they actually cast one these days.
they have committed all sorts of actions like killing and oppressing others and as such, they are afraid of their own shadow, afraid to come here, afraid because they know there are many people in this world hating them,'' the official news agency Bernama quoted Mahathir as saying in Sabah State.