lose one's nerve

Become frightened or timid, lose courage. For example, I wanted to ski down the expert slope but then I lost my nerve. This expression employs nerve in the sense of “courage or boldness.” [Early 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. lose one's head,
  2. lose one's hear to,
  3. lose one's lunch,
  4. lose one's marbles,
  5. lose one's mind,
  6. lose one's shirt,
  7. lose one's temper,
  8. lose one's touch,
  9. lose oneself in,
  10. lose out

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