chicken out

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To shy away from a daring task; to decline, refuse, or avoid something due to fear or uncertainty.
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We almost convinced his dad to ride the roller coaster, but he chickened out when he saw how high it went.

Submitted on June 30, 2010

Additional definitions for 'chicken out':

chicken outlack nerves to act
chicken outBack-out of an activity because of fear or other mindless reason. Refuse to keep your word.
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