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.

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Origin of cold feet

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for cold feet

cold feet

pl n

informal loss or lack of courage or confidence
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Cultural definitions for cold feet

cold feet

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.”

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