to lose your nerve

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - lose your nerve

"to lose your nerve"

to suddenly become too frightened to do something that you had intended to do


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - lose your nerve

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You were mentally prepared to confront the boss yesterday. You had your arguments ready. How did it go?

Colleague 2:  I lost my nerve.

Colleague 1:  So you didn't confront the boss even though you were so sure of your position?

Colleague 2:  No I didn't. I thought about the repercussions and became too frightened to do it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - lose your nerve

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How did Allan do with his first skydiving experience?

Friend 2:  When the moment came and the door was open and the wind was screaming in the door of the airplane, he lost his nerve and couldn't jump.

Friend 1:  That's too bad. I am sure that Allan will regret his cowardice for the rest of his life.

to lose your nerve - Usage:


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to lose your nerve - Gerund Form:

Losing your nerve before a big presentation is not good.

to lose your nerve - Examples:

1)  ... practice of approaching complete strangers for intimate details. It's easy to lose your nerve, or worse, because in journalism once it's gone it never comes back ...

2)  But he told the party to remain bold and not " lose your nerve in the face of this onslaught of right-wing rhetoric. 

3)  The moment you lose your nerve or get scared, the horse can really sense it.

4)  A lot of people end careers over that. Once you lose your nerve to try new things, you're stuck.

5)  Set aside a proportion of your savings towards equity investments and don't lose your nerve if markets fall.

6)  ... only to abandon the robbery once inside. # What caused Ryan to lose his nerve later became the subject of debate.

7)  But Moeen did not lose his nerve in a situation which might have prompted a weaker temperament to get the yips.

8)  ... bitten off more than they could chew, leading one of them to lose his nerve and opt out in the most terminal way possible.

9)  ... is busy, traffic speeds along in this unfamiliar clime. I temporarily lose my nerve and feel vulnerable on my little vehicle. There are those crazy overtakers, ...

10)  I think about doing a Facebook post but lose my nerve and stick to the rules.

11)  ... up the courage to do this for months, but once again I lose my nerve and run. 

12)  ... to keep investing in growth... It's critical that we don't lose our nerve.

13)  ... the current financial and demographic challenges. Now is not the time to lose our nerve.

14)  ... opposition criticism against her regime on this score, Ms Jayalalithaa did not lose her nerve in handling a very sensitive issue, and came out with a more pragmatic and ...

15)  ... and gained a reputation for on-court wobbles that too frequently saw her lose her nerve at big moments.

16)  They lost their nerve. They reacted to the fans and didn't have the strength to see it ...

17)  However, since news broke of Petrobras' troubles, some investors lost their nerve and sent the share price tumbling 20 per cent from a year-high to around $2.03.

18)  ... government is proving so reform-phobic that it reasonable to conclude that they have lost their nerve and even stopped those few reforms that they started.

19)  ... movement towards her but she started walking in the opposite direction. I lost my nerve and simply stood where I was.

20)  I may have lost my mobility but I have not lost my nerve and my sense of adventure.