to cool your heels

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cool your heels

"to cool your heels"

to wait, usually to become calmer;

to be purposefully kept waiting


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cool your heels

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What are you so agitated about?

Colleague 2:  I have this really great idea and I want to talk to the boss about it.

Colleague 1:  The boss told me yesterday that she won't be in until ten this morning.

Colleague 2:  I guess I'll just cool my heels until then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cool your heels

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  My girlfriend is driving me crazy. We were going out last night at seven. She was ready when I got there but she made me cool my heels for a half an hour.

Friend 2:  It must be frustrating to be made to wait for a half an hour for no reason.

Friend 1:  She has the power.

to cool your heels - Usage:


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to cool your heels - Gerund Form:

Cooling your heels in a waiting room can be frustrating.

to cool your heels - Examples:

1)  ... demonstrated its dissatisfaction by recently keeping Iran's national security chief cooling his heels for half an hour prior to a meeting in the office of Turkish prime minister ...

2)  He jumped up and told the secretary that he had been " cooling his heels " in an outer office for forty-five minutes and he was " damned sick and ...

3)  ... had done the same thing in a court of law he would be cooling his heels in a small prison cell.

4)  We have arrested the man, and he is cooling his heels in our custody.

5)  Let them cool their heels for a half hour or so before you see them.

6)  However everybody will have to cool their heels until September when the series will resume.

7)  ... the security gate like ordinary visitors. Once inside, they had to cool their heels for a long time before they were shown up to the Yellow Oval Room in ...

8)  ... must respect the will of the people and temporarily retire from politics and cool their heels for five years before returning to the arena five years later.

9)  ... to select their pictures two at a time, while the other eight cool their heels and wait. 

10)  ... was by then going on two in the afternoon, so instead of cooling their heels, they went out for some lunch, ...

11)  And commuters who don't know this quickly learn the ropes while cooling their heels at the mechanic's, waiting for their vandalized vehicles to be fixed.

12)  All the protesters are cooling their heels in jail, with Shin included.

13)  ... otherwise get treated on the pitch and then go off and cool your heels for 5 minutes.

14)  If you are left to cool your heels, someone keeps you waiting.

15)  I'm going to let you cool your heels in jail until the chief gets back.

16)  ... even as Obama allows the Israeli prime minister to cool his heels in the White House, ...

17)  ... where shortly after you'd find yourself cooling your heels in a very small room with barred windows.

18)  Certainly, cooling your heels in exile for 10 years gives ample scope for introspection.

19)  ... he went out for another consultation, while the patient was cooling her heels in the doctor's chair, only to return after an hour.

20)  ... almost a year of private discussions over agriculture while over 100 other nations cooled their heels waiting for the outcome.