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.
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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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He said: "This is the crunch-time period of the season and you have to be really cool and calm down - do not lose your nerve. I trust my lads, that we are able to do this, and it's crucial to be successful at this point in the season.
NO doubt sensible folk will ignore scare stories such as "if you vote Ukip, you will get Labour" - such is political propaganda - when the real message is "if you lose your nerve and common sense, you will get Labour or Tory (plus the SNP or Lib-Dem)".
SIR - No doubt sensible folk will ignore scare stories such as, "If you vote Ukip, you will get Labour" such is political propaganda, when the real message is, "If you lose your nerve and common sense, you will get Labour or Tory (plus the SNP or Lib-Dem)." In other words, the same tired old parties who can be judged on their abysmal record (immigration, NHS, et cetera) - look at the state of the country - this is fact!
So keep on learning, don't lose your nerve, Remember life is one great big learning curve.
He must have known the rebuilding would possibly see the coach upsetting a few of the older players so why lose your nerve when the going got tough?
I feel this is a young squad with a high aggression level in a positive way but, of course, you want to keep it under control and not lose your nerve.
The advice for a pedestrian trying to cross the road when I first arrived was: look neither left nor right, keep to a straight line at a steady speed and don't lose your nerve. It worked.
She urged political leaders there : "Now is the time not to lose your nerve. The people want this to work.
You buy them, read them once, are totally gobsmacked at the intricacies of technique, not to mention the exotic equipment suggested in the pages, and then, when the moment arrives to put any of it into practice, you lose your nerve.