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verb American English pronunciation: chicken /ˈtʃɪkən/

phrasal verb

chicken out

[intransitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theychicken out
he/she/itchickens out
present participlechickening out
past tensechickened out
past participlechickened out
to not do something you were going to do because you are too frightened

I was going to tell her how much it really cost, but I chickened out.


the condition of continually consuming large amounts of information, especially when this has a negative effect on a person's well-being and ability to concentrate

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a brief handshake that is made without pausing or making eye contact, because you are upset or angry

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