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wimp out (of something)

Sl. to chicken out (of something); to get out of something difficult, inconvenient, or dangerous, leaving others to carry the burden. Come on! Don't wimp out now that there's all this work to be done. Ted wimped out on us.
See also: out, wimp

wimp out

v. Slang
To withdraw from a commitment or course of action because of cowardice or insecurity: I don't want to stand in line for the roller coaster if you're going to wimp out at the last minute.
See also: out, wimp

wimp

1. mod. windows, icons, mouse pointer. (Usually WIMP. Acronym. Refers to a computer system, such as Macintosh or Microsoft Windows, with an elaborate user interface including resizable windows, clever icons, and a movable mouse. The term implies that such systems are for computer weaklings.) I am happier with a computer system that doesn’t have all that WIMP stuff.
2. n. a weak and retiring person; a square. What a wimp. People walk all over her.

wimp out (of something)

in. to chicken out (of something); to get out of something, leaving others to carry the burden. Come on! Don’t wimp out now that there’s all this work to be done.
See also: of, out, something, wimp

wimp out

verb
See also: out, wimp
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There are actually several options out there beyond the WIMP lamppost.
A deficiency more serious than any of these that affects all users is that, unlike the ideal butler-style interface, WIMP interfaces do not take advantage of speech, hearing, and touch.
Scientists can't completely rule out WIMPs of these masses, but the interactions would have to be exceedingly rare.
A null result from the XENON-100 experiment cast doubt on previous detections, but physicists could massage it theoretically to evade the problem--for example, WIMPs might interact differently with silicon than with xenon.
In 2009, CDMS reported that its germanium detectors had snagged two potential WIMPs, but further analysis revealed them to be surface electrons.
All indications point to the conclusion that galaxies and clusters of galaxies are embedded within enormous clouds (halos) of invisible dark matter particles, known as WIMPs (short for weakly interacting massive particles).
And because it is in the Southern Hemisphere, the peak WIMP rate would be expected in winter rather than summer, a check on whether it is the season, rather than the Earth's direction of travel, that accounts for the Italian results.
As the sun orbits the galaxy's center, it should encounter a "wind" of WIMPs from the direction of the constellation Cygnus.
WIMPs are "weakly interacting" because, although their masses are thought to be comparable to the masses of standard atomic nuclei, they have little or no effect on ordinary matter.
Such exposure to WIMPs is nothing to worry about, though, astrophysicists Katherine Freese of the University of Michigan and Christopher Savage of Stockholm University report.
But, in a series of talks delivered over the next few days in the US and Europe, they are expected to announce that their WIMP candidates have a mass of 30-60 gigaelectronvolts - roughly 30-60 times that of a single proton.
But those reports are inconsistent with other experiments' negative results, and the WIMP sightings to date have been less than definitive, leaving scientists puzzled.
They believe that it consists of a proposed particle left over from the Big Bang called the WIMP, for weakly interacting massive particle.
At a meeting in Venice in April, Rita Bernabei of the University of Rome announced that her team has found further evidence for an exotic subatomic particle called a WIMP, for weakly interacting massive particle.
If large black holes are at the heart of most galaxies ("Votes cast for and against the WIMP factor," SN: 2/26/00, p.