lose (one's) nerve

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lose (one's) nerve

To no longer have the courage to do something. I did want to ride the roller coaster earlier, but I'm starting to lose my nerve now that we're actually here.
See also: lose, nerve

lose one's nerve

Become frightened or timid, lose courage. For example, I wanted to ski down the expert slope but then I lost my nerve. This expression employs nerve in the sense of "courage or boldness." [Early 1900s]
See also: lose, nerve
References in classic literature ?
Lord Henry's casual questioning had made him lose his nerves for the moment, and he wanted his nerve still.
So did Harry lose his nerve when it came to sticking rather than twisting?
Both sides missed chances to seal the game - notably Roma's ex-Arsenal man Julio Baptista - and so the clash was settled in a spot-kick lottery, Roma's Max Tonetto the man to lose his nerve in sudden death and blaze over as the Gunners triumphed 7-6.
But Beenhakker is adamant Boruc won't lose his nerve.
And when it's revealed that Ian is the 'witness' to Max tampering with Carl's car and he starts to lose his nerve, the thug soon has him squealing with fear.
Doherty may be made of sterner stuff but Williams is unlikely to lose his nerve and composure in the same way as Hunter.