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afraid of one's own shadow

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Very timid and fearful, as in Richard constantly worries about security; he's afraid of his own shadow. This hyperbole has been used in English since the early 1500s, and some writers believe it originated in ancient Greece.

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Words nearby afraid of one's own shadow

afoul of, afp, Afr, AFRAeS, afraid, afraid of one's own shadow, A-frame, Afrasia, Afrasian, afreet, afresh
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