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verb chicken pronunciation in American English /ˈtʃɪkən/

phrasal verb

chicken out

[intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theychicken out
he/she/itchickens out
present participlechickening out
past tensechickened out
past participlechickened out
informal
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.

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… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally

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spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles

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