chicken out of something

chicken out of (something)

slang To refuse to do something due to fear (real or perceived). Jumping off the high-dive is fun! Don't chicken out of it now! I didn't chicken out of anything, I just changed my mind, OK?
See also: chicken, of, out
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chicken out (of something)

in. to manage to get out of something, usually because of fear or cowardice. Freddy chickened out of the plan at the last minute.
See also: chicken, of, out, something
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