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
Words nearby cold feet
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British Dictionary definitions for cold feet
informal loss or lack of courage or confidence
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Cultural definitions for 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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