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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Sorry Fab, but after all that meticulous planning in the qualifying stages you lost your nerve. Oh, and while we're at it, just remind me how many Emile's smacked home this time.