wimp out

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 frightened or not confident

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  • 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 — 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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