Is scared of his own shadow - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
be scared of (one's) (own) shadow (redirected from is scared of his own shadow)
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!
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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The show, which starts in the New Year, features a crocodile who doesn't like water and a shark who is scared of his own shadow