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Definition of chicken out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

chicken out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

chicken out (of something/of doing something)

(informal)
 
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to decide not to do something because you are afraid You're not going to chicken out, are you? Kim put my name down for a sponsored parachute jump but I chickened out at the last moment.
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