to wimp out

Idiom Definition

"to wimp out"

to not do something because of cowardice or lack of conviction

Idiom Definition - to wimp out


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to wimp out

Two young boys are standing at the edge of a cliff. At the bottom of the cliff is a deep pool of water. The boys have been trying to find the courage to jump off the cliff into the water for more than a month ...

First Boy:  OK.  I'm going to jump.  Are you ready?

Second Boy:  I don't know.  I'm not sure.

First Boy:  We agreed that we would jump together.  Are you wimping out?

Second Boy:   I am too afraid.  I can't do it.

The first boy jumps into the water and yells up to the second boy ...

                         Come on, you coward!  Jump!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to wimp out

It's Friday night and time to party ...

Friend One:  Ready to go out and party?

Friend Two:  I don't know.  I'm feeling kind of tired.

Friend One:  But we've been looking forward to going out all week.

Friend Two:  I think I'll just stay in and watch TV.

Friend One:  I can't believe you are going to wimp out!

to wimp out - Usage:


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to wimp out - Gerund Form:

Wimping out is what cowards and lazy people do.

to wimp out - Examples:

1)  I didn't point out it would also lower the prices he received (I wimp out sometimes).

2) You either stick to your guns or you wimp out

3)  On the other hand, you can't just wimp out on everything.

4)  It's easier to wimp out and avoid the conflict.

5) It was a huge deal for me and I am so glad I didn't wimp out on it. 

6)  JoAnne arrived when I was half-way through and I didn't want to wimp out and have to get rescued in front of them.

7)  I will try to talk about this. I'm afraid I will just wimp out though.

8)  It's better to be nervous and have a new experience, than wimp out and regret it forever.

9)  However I subscribe to the Verity analysis of Cameron, so I think he'll wimp out

10)  Of course neither player was going to do the unthinkable and wimp out, never.

11)  They didn't wimp out when the going got tough or shy away from difficult decisions.

12)  Risky spending! Nearly one in five (18%) just simply wimp out of taking a sneaky peek at their monthly bank statements.

13)  Why would I wimp out and be anonymous?

14)  Jeannie and Christina wouldn't let him wimp out. (to decide not to do something because you are too frightened).

15)  I've thought about playing golf a few times but I always wimp out since I don't want to play in the heat of the day.

16)  I don't offer solutions and some may say that I wimp out by not offering them.

17)  Don't quit, or wimp out. Press forward building yourself up.

18)  It's really simple to do. Now, don't wimp out at this point.... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is.

19)  You won't avoid it, and you won't wimp out.

20)  And don't wimp out, read the entire article all the way to modern times.