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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When they had forced a goblet of the fiery liquid upon him, Peter of Colfax regained his lost nerve enough so that he could raise his sword arm and defend himself; and as the fumes circulated through him, and the primal instinct of self-preservation asserted itself, he put up a more and more creditable fight, until those who watched thought that he might indeed have a chance to vanquish the Outlaw of Torn.
Instead of dealing with the situation with wisdom and courage, a week-kneed Interior Minister has lost nerve.
The red-free filter (green light) can be used to visually enhance lost nerve fibre bundles in glaucoma, or to give greater contrast to haemorrhages and the retinal vasculature
The reason for this is the emergence of a "barrier" at the junction between the ruptured nerve fibers and the spinal cord which prevents them from growing into the spinal cord and restore lost nerve connections.
DAV AVA ID JAMESJ normally pens a thoughtful and thought-provoking column, so I was interested to read what he thought about the Rotherham sex abuse scandal ("Authorities Lost Nerve - and Let Young Suffer", Echo, August 28).
Zhu also said that scientists should carefully proceed with new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, where the hope is to use neural stem cells to help regenerate lost nerve function.
This suggests alemtuzumab may allow damaged brain tissue to repair and restore lost nerve function.
A Japanese university medical team will begin a project in June to enable the regeneration of lost nerve cells in premature infants using iPS cells.
Acorda Therapeutics (Hawthorne, NY) announced positive results of a Phase 3, placebo-controlled clinical trial of Fampridine-SR, an oral drug designed to provide symptomatic relief by compensating for lost nerve conduction.
TENSION: Noirin lost nerve at pounds 16,000 on Meath's GAA ground poser; WIN: Michael Long; LOST: Stephen Lane
Perhaps the whole idea of a musical about Mirette, a pre-teen French girl in 1890s Paris helping Bellini, a once great high-wire walker, regain his lost nerve, wasn't viable to begin with.
If you've already lost nerve cells in your youth because of polio and the remaining cells have been working twice as hard, you're going to have even more difficulties as you start to lose nerve cells to aging," says Anthony Windebank, M.
After safety testing, it is hoped that the transplanted neural stem cells will develop into new neurons that bridge the gap created by the injury, replace severed or lost nerve connections and restore at least some motor and sensory function.
No currently marketed Alzheimer's disease drug appears to stop brain cell death and prevent or restore lost nerve connections.
Published studies carried out in the laboratory of Professor James Fallon at the University of California, Irvine have shown that TGF-alpha causes replacement of lost nerve cells and reverses symptoms in an established animal model of Parkinson's disease.