Why do we call it 'chickening out'?

8 November 2019, 15:35

A flock of chickens
A flock of chickens. Picture: PA

Why do we refer to someone being cowardly as a 'chicken'?

Mystery Hour Question

Why do we call it 'chickening out'? Amy, Tooting

Answer

Name: James O' Brien, LBC

Answer: Normally if you try to catch a chicken, the chicken would run away, so running away has become synonymous with 'chickening out'.

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