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wimp out (of something)

slang To withdraw from doing something out of fear, insecurity, or laziness. They were just about to strap me in for the bungie jump, but I wimped out at the last second. Jeff had promised to help, but he wimped out of the project when he realized how much work it would entail. Sorry, guys, Janet's wimping out of the road trip. She says she isn't comfortable being away from home for that long.
See also: out, wimp
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

wimp out

verb
See also: out, wimp

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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