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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Allardyce reckons Liverpool lost the final to Real Madrid in Kiev last year because they lost their nerve at the critical moment with keeper Loris Karius making big mistakes.
With a week to go until they are back in action, Mirror Football reporters were asked if Liverpool had lost their nerve in the title race.
Carvalhal hinted that his players lost their nerve after United hit them with a third-minute goal.
Magpies manager Carver conceded a "10-minute mad spell" had cost his side victory, but refused to accept Newcastle's players lost their nerve at the crucial moment.
"They had got confused and a bit lost in the conditions - and perhaps also lost their nerve a bit.
London, Mar.29 ( ANI ): Manchester United legend Steve Bruce has claimed that title rivals Manchester City have lost their nerve and may not win this year's Premier League title.
ARSENE WENGER admitted his young side lost their nerve as the Carling Cup final descended into a mass brawl.
I'd guess that outside Washington the Corcoran is still thought of as home to the knuckle-under specialists who lost their nerve over Mapplethorpe; despite braver leadership since 1989, it nevertheless often appears as though the museum is attempting to cozy up to risk without getting into any real trouble.
But in compiling a double CD set to represent the show they've lost their nerve. This selection seems to be aimed squarely at TOTP2 presenter Steve Wright's Radio Two audience of 30 and 40-somethings with middle of the road tastes.
"They lost their nerve at the end of the session," Dobson told The New York Times.
"I am disappointed the club have lost their nerve at such a vital stage of the season."
They lost their nerve. They had agreed to sell their prize possession and we had agreed to buy him."
HARRY REDKNAPP fears his Southampton side have lost their nerve for the Premiership survival fight and must somehow find a way to revive them before the tough trip to Bolton tomorrow night.
The point is, Judith kept her cool where hundreds of other contestants lost their nerve.
England lost their nerve. We had done the hard work by clawing ourselves back into the game and all we had to do was hang on for a draw, but we couldn't even do that.