Learn English Idioms – Chicken Out

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What does the idioms, CHICKEN OUT mean?

In slang, to be chicken,(adjective) or to be a chicken (noun) means to be not brave. Chicken out is the verb form and means to not do something because you lose your courage to do that thing.

Here are some example sentences using chicken out with this meaning:

  • I was planning to ask her for a date, but just at that moment, I chickened out.
  • Every time I think about asking the boss for a day off, I chicken out.

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