cold feet

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cold feet

"cold feet"

to have fear of doing something;

cowardice at the moment of action


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cold feet

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  Did Edward get his driver's license? His examination was supposed to have been this morning.

Father: Edward was extremely nervous and didn't take the examination.

Mother:  Really?  He got cold feet?

Father:  Yes.  Edward decided to postpone his driver's exam until next month.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cold feet

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you getting excited for John and Cynthia's wedding?

Friend 2:  The wedding almost didn't happen.

Friend 1:  What happened?

Friend 2:  Last night at John's bachelor party, John started to wonder if he was really doing the right thing. He wasn't sure if he could handle the responsibility of marriage.  He thought about backing out of the marriage.

Friend 1:  It is quite natural to have cold feet before getting married. I am sure that the feeling passed.

Friend 2:  Yes, he's fine today. Let's go to the wedding now.

cold feet - Usage:


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cold feet - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for cold feet.

cold feet - Examples:

1)  ... she asked organizers to keep her appearance a surprise "because I might get cold feet." But she insisted in 2006 that she has conquered the stage fright ...

2)  I basically got cold feet about going overseas, and we stopped the process.

3)  I've basically gotten financial cold feet. # Seeking balance We decided to stay local for our vacation, ...

4)  ... the poster needs to consider the opportunity cost of his time, get over the cold feet feeling, and take the slightly more expensive trip.

5)  ... now you are trying to back out or change the terms due to your "cold feet." 

6)  I thought that everyone feels like this before they get hitched, everyone gets cold feet. Regret was forming and I wasn't even married yet.

7)  I think it's getting cold feet about testifying under oath on their party-line story.

8)  ... these guys start seriously thinking about playing for a 3rd rate loser, they get cold feet and go elsewhere.

9)  You bet, Eddie. You better not get cold feet. I had to pull a favor to get us this reservation tonight.

10)  What I thought were minor cold feet, were really big issues.

11)  It's not uncommon for students to get "cold feet" and wonder if they should pursue graduate study immediately after college.

12)  Syria's people mainly support Assad and the rebellion stalled. Then the USA got cold feet and wanted out. Why?

13)  ... the theme park industry's magazine of record. And for those who get cold feet at the sight of a 400-foot drop, or a ride with a record ...

14)  ... much before the event, for fear you'll wet yourself from excitement or get cold feet and not want to get on the plane.

15)  Alan must convince her fiancé to proceed with the nuptials after he displays signs of cold feet, ...

16)  Nevertheless, you may get cold feet. Don't let it stop you; it's completely normal.

17)  ... most of the assassination attempts failed because they were abandoned, or the assassins got cold feet, ...

18)  That way, if he or she has second thoughts or cold feet, he or she can simply say, 'Something's come up'.

19)  We wouldn't blame you, of course, if you got cold feet.

20)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has suddenly developed a case of cold feet when it comes to one company's plans to export natural gas.