bottle it

bottle it

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 bottled it at the last minute.
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ˈbottle it

(British English, informal) not do something, or not finish something, because you are frightened: Why should we take a risk when everybody else is bottling it?
See also: bottle
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At PS13.95 for a 50cl bottle it's dearer than a good late Bottle Vintage Port, but I think it's worth every penny and not just because it's rare.
It's not the purest tasting pinot noir but there's plenty of flavour and at PS5 a bottle it's good value.
No wait, it is bottled, it's just draught you get bottled in the offie in you very own bottle, though it's not a bottle it's a growler.
In a handbag size bottle it's perfect for girls on the go or to freshen up hair when going from work to play.
The reply was, sorry I can't give you the bottle it's health and safety.
A little goes a long way so at around pounds 15 a bottle it's still great value for a concentrated and complex mesh of peach, orange and lime held together by a seam of acidity.
Didn't care for the tell-tale 'false tan 'smell of this but the lotion was silky smooth and because of its pump action bottle it's easy to apply.
Some teens think that if a pill comes in a prescription bottle it's safe to take--for anyone at any time.
At pounds 1.89 for a curvy green glass bottle it's not cheap, but the elderflowers are handpicked - so it says on the label.
Wines from these innovators and several from Napa are equal to the best in the world but with prices ranging form pounds 8 to pounds 20 plus a bottle it's a question of whether we are able or prepared to pay for the experience.
At PS6.98 a bottle it should appeal to lovers of delicate whites.