For example, person A does something that person B was planning on doing, but person B does not want to do it anymore for fear of being seen as "unoriginal" (even on something not creative) or worry that someone will think you are copying that person.

  • Could you please explain why you think there needs to be such a word?
    – Tuffy
    Apr 14, 2021 at 22:14
  • A sentence with the word you want left blank would be helpful.
    – Dan
    Apr 14, 2021 at 22:51
  • You could say that person B got cold feet. A derogatory word for such a person is chickenshit.
    – user405662
    Apr 15, 2021 at 0:13

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This person could use the term "beaten track" (Free Dictionary, (2)) or "beaten path" (Free Dictionary, (2)) in a number of ways.

  • I'm not one to keep to the beaten track…
  • There is better for me to do than to follow the beaten path.
  • Beaten paths are for beaten men. (Eric Johnson)

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