Word of the Day: Chicken Out


If you chicken out of doing something, you decide not to do something you said you would because you are afraid. We often use ‘chicken out’ to speak negatively of someone who we think is behaving in a cowardly manner (has no courage).

Examples:

John said he was going to ask Mary out on a date, but he chickened out at the last minute.

Jane chickened out of auditioning for the TV show because she was afraid of singing in public.

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  1. I’m very pleased to read your daily mail ; learning a new word every day is a very interesting way to improve my english. Thanks.

    Huguette

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