be nervous of (one's) (own) shadow(redirected from are nervous of their own shadows)
be nervous 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 nervous of his own shadow!
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be frightened/nervous/scared of your own ˈshadowbe very easily frightened; be very nervous: Since the attack he’s been a changed man. He’s nervous of his own shadow and doesn’t like to go out alone at night.
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