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chicken out

chicken out

Date: Dec 10 2009

Themes: Romance


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I chickened out and brought my dad along and made him sit in the restaurant just in case anything weird happened.”

- Jessica Biel talks about going on a date with a stranger for charity. (US Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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fail to do something out of fear

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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We often assign human characteristics to animals. Lions are thought of as brave and noble. Dogs are considered loyal and loving. And people think of cats as curious and aloof.

And let’s not forget chickens. Unfortunately for our feathered friends, the qualities we associate with chickens aren’t very positive. When we call someone a chicken, we mean that he isn’t brave. If you chicken out of something, you don’t go through with it because you are too afraid. You might also hear the phrase like a chicken with its head cut off. We use this expression when someone is acting in a crazy, frenzied manner.

Jessica Biel recently chickened out on a date. Someone paid a lot of money at a charity auction in order to have dinner with her. But at the last minute, Jessica got nervous about going out with someone she had never met before, even if it was for a good cause. She asked her dad to come with her on the date so she wouldn’t have to be alone with the stranger.

Do you think Jessica Biel acted like a chicken? When was the last time you chickened out?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I want to go sky-diving, but I’m afraid I’d chicken out at the last minute.”

“Matt wanted to ask Erika out, but he chickened out as soon as he saw her.”

“You really need to break up with her tonight. I hope you won’t chicken out.”

“Doug promised he’d go bungee jumping with me, but he chickened out on me.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

to "chicken out" means to give up doing something because you are afraid.
by mari_mariana
I chickened out means that she gave up
by Dani Guimarães
cutebaby1 I think to chicken out means to turn coward, to be afraid of something
by cutebaby1
talent999 gess-01 to refrain from doing something because of fear or cowardice gess-02 to renege or withdraw
by talent999
Temka I think it means losing faith in oneself or kind of giving up, not believe in him or her self at the last moment
by Temka

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she has a point when being suspicious. i' m a man and if somebody paid money just to have dinner with me. sure i'll be freaked out.

03:01 PM Dec 10 2009 |




i think it means someone is afraid of doing sth alone and need someone standing behind to give him confindence

01:24 PM Dec 10 2009 |



i think chickened out means you be afraid of doing sth and you are seeking safty.

01:15 PM Dec 10 2009 |




i can't explain what is it mean ??? hihihi 

12:45 PM Dec 10 2009 |



I think chicken out means someone afraid something

08:46 AM Dec 10 2009 |




It is interesting~!

There is a similar slang in Cantonese:“鸡咁脚”,which means somebody running like a flurried chicken.Smile

08:33 AM Dec 10 2009 |




I think chicken out means to place yourself at the safe end in case of any disorder.

06:01 AM Dec 10 2009 |




 i think chicken out means change the mind

04:46 AM Dec 10 2009 |




When I dropped my sister video cam,  I supposed to tell her the truth but then I chickened out when she called me.

04:23 AM Dec 10 2009 |

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