Chicken Out

Chicken Out

Infinitive: Chicken Out
Present Tense: Chicken Out/ Chickens Out
-ing Form: Chickening Out
Past Tense: Chickened Out
Past Participle: Chickened Out
It is a non-separable phrasal verb that can
be used in one way
  1. 1

    To refrain from doing something because of fear.

    Hanna wanted to audition for The Voice, but chickened out.
    Are you sure you're gonna do it? It seems to me like you're chickening out.

Chicken Out
  1. Mark had agreed to go in the haunted house, but ______ ____ when he saw how dark it was inside.
  2. Jake and Ted were supposed to go on a double blind date, but Jake ________ _____ at the last minute.
  3. Seriously, don't _______ ______ on me!
  4. I called my ex, but _______ _____ as soon as he answered the phone.
  5. Why'd you _______ _____?

Listen for the phrasal verb Chicken Out in the video clip from the movie The Ugly Truth

  1. Okay, so we'll do a couple questions with the balloon pilot about how often couples get it on in-flight, and then we're out.

    Mike Chadway: Got it.

    Hey, check it out. Your replacement's on.

    Mike Chadway: My what?
    Your replacement?

    Jack Magnum: Most of you are watching this show so you can learn how to get chicks. Well, let me assure you, you're in good hands. You're looking at a guy who personally has had sex with over 137 women - most of them conscious.

    Mike Chadway: This is beautiful.

    Jack Magnum: Now, we're at the balloon festival and I'm supposed to be telling you about how men are full of hot air. But I think we all know, it's the ladies that are full of crap. Just because she says no, doesn't mean she means no. If that were the case, I'd have only 90 women...

    What the hell?
    Did she...?
    Welcome back. It looks like we're experiencing some technical difficulty.
    Yeah, when you have a wine festival...

    Abby: Okay, I got it. Hi! We're back. I'm sorry...but Jack Magnum will no longer be able to do The Ugly Truth.
    Which should really come as no surprise because men are completely unreliable.

    What is she doing? Yes? Yes, Harold? Yes. Yes, I know. We're fixing it.

    Abby: Take Mike Chadway, for instance. He up and quit the show without so much as a word. You think you know what men are gonna do, you think you know...what men want to do. But when it comes down to that moment... where they actually need to step up and, I don't know, make a move...they _______ ____.
  2. What was their conversation about?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • Mark had agreed to go in the haunted house, but chickened out when he saw how dark it was inside.
    Jake and Ted were supposed to go on a double blind date, but Jake chickened out at the last minute.
    Seriously, don’t chicken out on me!
    I called my ex, but chickened out as soon as he answered the phone.
    Why’d you chickened out?

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    Thanks for not chickening out on answering the questions!

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