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cold feet

noun, Informal.
a loss or lack of courage or confidence; an onset of uncertainty or fear:
She got cold feet when asked to sing a solo.
Origin of cold feet
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for cold feet

cold feet

plural noun
(informal) loss or lack of courage or confidence
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Word Origin and History for cold feet

1893, American English; the presumed Italian original (avegh minga frecc i pee) is a Lombard proverb meaning "to have no money," but some of the earliest English usages refer to gamblers, so a connection is possible.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cold feet in Culture

cold feet definition

To “have cold feet” is to be too fearful to undertake or complete an action: “The backup quarterback was called into the game, but he got cold feet and refused to go in.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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have cold feet

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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