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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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In 2009, CDMS reported that its germanium detectors had snagged two potential WIMPs, but further analysis revealed them to be surface electrons.
But current detectors measure WIMP impact by recording signals such as flashes of light or a slight increase in temperature, obtaining no information about direction.
After accounting for every possible background source, scientists currently expect to find only a few candidate WIMP events a year, says Dan Bauer of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill.
For 11 years, using two different sets of detectors, the team has found an annual rise and fall in the number of flashes that the scientists say is consistent with Earth moving through a vast cloud, or halo, of WIMPs enveloping our galaxy.
it), the team says its findings "favor the possible presence of a WIMP.
Yet after a detailed analysis, the LUX team found no signals that were convincingly caused by WIMPs.
If only they could have heard and understood the compelling testimony of Marietta Jaeger, whose story began McClory's article: "Anyone who says forgiveness is for wimps hasn't tried it.
A leading theory suggests that dark matter is composed of exotic particles known as Wimps (weakly interacting massive particles).
Other examples of men being portrayed as wimps include the Mister Muscle man doing housework in his underwear and a guy licking Carling lager off the floor of his apartment, so cleaning it for his girlfriend.
Wimps shouldn't stick their heads in the gas oven yet (while using Mr Muscle to clean it, of course).
But there is also a culture of cowardice, where weather wimps can hibernate without fear of reprimand.
So what a lift it must have given them to hear actor Rupert Everett call them a shower of whinging wimps who should shut up and get on with the job of dying for their country.
WIMPS NEED NOT APPLY: NBC is holding tryouts today for a summer reality series that will require equal numbers of paramedics and personal-injury attorneys on the set.
I was going to put something out about Edinburgh wimps but just decided not to go ahead with the event.