Chicken out – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

February 27, 2013 by Angela Boothroyd

If you chicken out of something you decide not to do it because you are afraid.

Informal English.

Examples of use:

1. He chickened out of the parachute jump.

2. She chickened out of asking Michael to the college prom.

3. I would like to visit my brother in Australia but I’m afraid of flying so I keep chickening out.

4. Did you ask her out on a date?

    No, I chickened out!

Similar expressions to I chickened out:

I lost my nerve.

I got cold feet.

infinitive
chicken out
present simple
chicken out and chickens out
-ing form
chickening out
past simple
chickened out
past participle
chickened out

Have you ever felt like chickening out of something?

Write your own sentence using this phrasal verb. You can leave a comment, or email me with your sentence

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