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
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Derby head coach Darren Wassall insists his side are not going to lose their nerve again.
Mr Longworth said: "Labour must address worrying hints that they are starting to lose their nerve on transformative investment projects, including HS2, in favour of current spending.
And if they do not lose their nerve, they will tell the PM that if he cannot do the top job, then they will begin the process of finding someone who can.
Let us praise our elected councillors and pray that they won't lose their nerve at this critical fence.
Aitken has interpreted claims that Scotland will lose their nerve as signs of tension among both of the World Cup finalists.
Some teams fail within days, some lose their nerve in the middle of the Atlantic, and those who reach the end do so in a state of total exhaustion.
But consumers are a canny bunch: they know to wait for retailers to lose their nerve and start slashing prices.
Assuming they don't lose their nerve, things are going to get quite weird and lovely in the next year or two.
He said: "I can't help thinking they will lose their nerve if they don't get down When I the mine again.