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

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be scared 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 scared of his own shadow!
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be frightened/nervous/scared of your own ˈshadow

be 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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My experience of social services, with the odd exception, is that they know a lot about little and are scared of their own shadow, writing everything down in case of future litigation.
She said: "Many dogs are scared of their own shadows and the course is designed to make them more secure.