“Chicken out”: phrasal verb meaning.

Chicken out
Be scared to do something you previously decided and wanted to do. When you have planned to do something courageous but then, before doing it, you suddenly lose courage and you decide you will not do it.

Other examples of “chicken out” phrasal verb in a sentence

  • He wanted to do parachuting but he chickened out at the last moment.
  • You’re not going to chicken out this time, are you?
  • He was going to ask her out but then he chickened out.

“Chicken out”: use in context explanation

Gina, Dick have invited their friends over to their house to spend a pleasant evening together. They’ve come up with an idea to have a hot chili peppers eating challenge. They are each going to eat a very, very spicy chili pepper. They get the jar with the peppers and open it, each one of them takes one hot chili pepper and they are going to eat them all together. There’s one problem, though. Dick wants to back out. He doesn’t want to do it anymore, he is scared and thinks it was a stupid and childish idea in the first place. Tara, Gina’s friend is surprised by his reaction and asks him if he is going to chicken out.