wimp out

wimp out
intransitive verb (wimped out ; wimped out ; wimping out ; wimps out)
Etymology: wimp, noun (herein) + out (I)
: to behave like a wimp ; especially : to choose the easiest course of action

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wimp out
To lack the courage to do something
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Main Entry:wimp

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ˌwimp ˈout [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they wimp out he/she/it wimps out present participle wimping out past tense wimped out past participle wimped out] informal phrasal verb
to decide not to do something because you are frightened or not confident
Thesaurus: to be, or to become afraid or frightenedsynonym
Main entry: wimp

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wimp out [phrasal verb]
informal : to fail to do something because you are too afraid, weak, etc.

He wanted to ask her to the dance but he wimped out.

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Main Entry:wimp

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  • wimp out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms wimp out : present tense I/you/we/they wimp out he/she/it wimps out present participle wimping out past tense wimped out past participle wimped out informal to decide not to do something because you are… …   English dictionary

  • wimp out — vb to act in a feeble or cowardly manner. A later coinage based on wimp, by analogy with the many phrasal verbs employing out (freak out, weird out, etc.) ► Listen, just pull yourself together; this is no time to wimp out …   Contemporary slang

  • wimp out — Verb. To lose courage. E.g. If you wimp out now, you ll lose all the money you invested …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • wimp out (of something) — ˌwimp ˈout (of sth) derived (informal, disapproving) to not do sth that you intended to do because you are too frightened or not confident enough to do it Main entry: ↑wimpderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • wimp out (of something) — in. to chicken ut (of something); to get out of something, leaving others to carry the burden. □ Come on! Don’t wimp out now that there’s all this work to be done. □ Ted wimped out on us …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • wimp out — intransitive verb Date: 1981 to behave like a wimp ; chicken out; especially to choose the easiest course of action …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wimp out — verb To behave like a wimp. Syn: chicken out See Also: wimpy …   Wiktionary

  • wimp out — withdraw from something in a cowardly way. → wimp …   English new terms dictionary

  • wimp-out — /ˈwɪmp aʊt/ (say wimp owt) noun Colloquial a failure as a result of lack of drive or determination …  

  • Wimp out — fail or renege on a commitment as a result of lack of character or determination …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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