cold feet


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cold feet

pl.n. Slang
Fearfulness or timidity preventing the completion of a course of action.
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cold feet

pl n
informal loss or lack of courage or confidence
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cold′ feet′


n.
Informal.
a lack of confidence or courage.
[1890–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cold feet - timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of actioncold feet - timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action; "I was going to tell him but I got cold feet"
timidity, timidness, timorousness - fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
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cold feet

noun
Slang. Great agitation and anxiety caused by the expectation or the realization of danger:
Idiom: fear and trembling.
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References in classic literature ?
Certainly no such whimsical idea crossed my mind when I dropped the letter, but between you and me and my night-socks, which have all this time been airing by the fire because I am subject to cold feet, I have sometimes toyed with it since.
Alec had her on the sofa rolled up in the bear-skin coat, with Phebe rubbing her cold feet while he rubbed the aching hands, and Aunt Plenty made a comfortable hot drink, and Aunt Peace sent down her own foot-warmer and embroidered blanket "for the dear."
Without suffering her to speak another word, or so much as to stir a finger any more, the women straightway carried her off to bed; and, having covered her up warm, bathed her cold feet, and wrapped them in flannel, they despatched a messenger for the doctor.
He stamped his cold feet for a second or two, and then said: "I'm not thinking of that at all, but of something else; something rather peculiar.
His wife, and their only colored domestic, old Aunt Dinah, were busily engaged in restorative measures; while old Cudjoe had got the boy on his knee, and was busy pulling off his shoes and stockings, and chafing his little cold feet.
"Now look off yonder to the East," said the old man, as he began to lead the way across the murky and still smoking plain; "little fear of cold feet in journeying such a path as this: but look you off to the East, and if you see a sheet of shining white, glistening like a plate of beaten silver through the openings of the smoke, why that is water.
Cold Feet ITV1 It's certainly been another rollercoaster of a ride for the Cold Feet gang.
But we should give the schedulers some credit for swallowing their pride and moving Cold Feet back to Monday nights.
Getting cold feet over show return DESPITE the recent happy reunion, I'm wondering if our middle-aged, middleclass friends are now in serious danger of outstaying their welcome (Cold Feet, ITV, last night).