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verb     chicken pronunciation in American English

phrasal verb

chicken out

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.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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