wimp out (of something)

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
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  • 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 (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 * * * wimp out …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • wimp — informal ► NOUN ▪ a weak and cowardly person. ► VERB (wimp out) ▪ withdraw from something in a cowardly way. DERIVATIVES wimpish adjective wimpy adjective. ORIGIN origin uncertain, perhaps from WHIMPER( …   English terms dictionary

  • wimp — wimp1 [wımp] n informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from whimper] 1.) someone who has a weak character and is afraid to do something difficult or unpleasant ▪ Don t be such a wimp! 2.) a man who is thin and physically weak >wimpish,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wimp — wimp1 [ wımp ] noun count INFORMAL someone who is not brave, strong, or confident: Come on! Don t be such a wimp. wimp wimp 2 [ wımp ] verb ,wimp out phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL to decide not to do something because you are frightened or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wimp — 1 noun (C) informal 1 someone who has a weak character and is afraid to do something difficult or unpleasant: Don t be such a wimp! 2 a man who is thin and physically weak wimpish, wimpy adjective 2 verb wimp out phrasal verb (I) spoken to not do …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wimp — informal noun a weak and cowardly person. verb (wimp out) withdraw from something in a cowardly way. Derivatives wimpish adjective wimpishly adverb wimpishness noun wimpy adjective (wimpier …   English new terms dictionary

  • wimpish — wimp informal ► NOUN ▪ a weak and cowardly person. ► VERB (wimp out) ▪ withdraw from something in a cowardly way. DERIVATIVES wimpish adjective wimpy adjective. ORIGIN origin uncertain, perhaps from WHIMPER( …   English terms dictionary

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