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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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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

To decide not to do sth because you are afraid!

11:42 PM Jul 31 2013 |

manik athawale


I want to give some explanation long days ago one girls and one boy they love both each other when genuine time come to kiss each other then that girl chicken out

09:40 AM Mar 10 2012 |




Hahaha come on! when have you call you father or mather to go with you solving an issue?! Adult people usually solve your own issues! hehe

I have chickened out already of course,but not in that sense…In some situations,for instance I'm afraid of height,so when I was invited to jump out with a parachute,I simply chickened out! hahaha :P

09:44 PM Dec 22 2009 |



I loved to know this manner we fix very well.

12:25 AM Dec 17 2009 |




Reality dreams…
i will take my heart…
and the last thing my eyes saw…
the last voice my ears heard…
and will leave…
leave to seas..
tears` seas ..
to sink my soul with my tears…
to wash it from a lies` dreams…
to stop all dreams that i wished and hoped…
dreams that i wished to last forever…
will leave this place…
this world…
leave a reality to the reality which i ever dreamt about…
there i am leaving now..
there where i saw you for the first time…
i will take my heart…
leaving right now to you…
leaving to my dreams…
dreams which ever lived always inside me…
dreams which we both shared…

04:43 PM Dec 16 2009 |



Well now i got the definition , you know i chicken out when i have to speak english in front of my boss because she speaks english very good.

09:34 AM Dec 16 2009 |




I think you "chicken out" when you become a coward cos you´re not sure to do something or you´re probably scared and start acting like a pour chicken!!!

03:08 AM Dec 16 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

  many time i chicken out . last week
  when i went to amussing park 
  i want  to ride on  roller coaster but  when i sow
  it running too fast . i chickened out and run away

03:45 PM Dec 15 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

 many time i chicken out . last week
 when i went to amussing park 
  i want  to ride on  roller coast-or but  when i sow
  it running too fast . i chickened out and run away



03:26 PM Dec 15 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

 many time i chicken out . last week
 when i went to amussing park 
  i want  to ride on  roller coast-or but  when i sow
  it running too fast . i chickened out and run away









































































03:25 PM Dec 15 2009 |

night blue


i dont chıcken out..i only lion out :P:P

07:59 AM Dec 15 2009 |




07:45 PM Dec 14 2009 |

r ! f k i

r ! f k i


..oow, now i've got the meaning:

ok, so…when Jessica Biel had a date with a stranger, Jessica took her father along..and, when they arrived at the restaurant, her date and she ate chicken outside the restaurant,and her dad ate inside the restaurant…

..that's what happened…hope everyone'd get my meaning right Laughing

08:16 AM Dec 14 2009 |



Maybe she over reacted, but I think it is normal to think that way, some people are just afraid of some certain things without any reason. So I totally understand her for taking her dad along on the date. And I chickened out many times, most of the time I chicken out of speaking English in the public. I am just scared because I think my English sucks and don't want others to laugh at me. I don't want others to think that I am weak at it. And I know I should be more brave but I am just not a brave guy. I chicken out of many things!

01:20 AM Dec 12 2009 |



 For my chicken out can be used when a person has afraid to do something or has afraid to someone.

11:03 PM Dec 10 2009 |





10:03 PM Dec 10 2009 |



be careful

09:53 PM Dec 10 2009 |



El Salvador

one day i lost my brother´s USB and when he came back home i chickened out and didn´t tell him anything…

08:49 PM Dec 10 2009 |




I chickened out when I was asked out, because it's so frustrating for me to try to talk with stranger or not close people.

Right now, I chickened out to clean up my room.

03:43 PM Dec 10 2009 |

zhong yulu

zhong yulu


from my part, chicken out means someone who isn't brave, too afraid that he or she do no go through sth/give up at the last minute, or lose finally.

 eg. Tome swore to take Jack the hulk on boxing, but he chickened out at the last minute. He knew it well that he is not the match for Jack.

03:04 PM Dec 10 2009 |

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