cold feet
noun plural Date: 1893 apprehension or doubt strong enough to prevent a planned course of action

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cold feet — {n. phr.}, {informal} A loss of courage or nerve; a failure or loss of confidence in yourself. * /Ralph was going to ask Mary to dance with him but he got cold feet and didn t./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cold feet — {n. phr.}, {informal} A loss of courage or nerve; a failure or loss of confidence in yourself. * /Ralph was going to ask Mary to dance with him but he got cold feet and didn t./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cold feet — If you get cold feet about something, you lose the courage to do it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cold feet — 1893, Amer.Eng.; 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cold feet — cold′ feet′ n. Informal. inf a lack of confidence or courage • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • cold feet — [n] fear of carrying out an activity anxiety, fear, reservations, second thoughts, timidity; concept 27 …   New thesaurus

  • Cold Feet — For other uses, see Cold feet (disambiguation). Cold Feet Cold Feet intertitle Genre Comedy drama Created by …   Wikipedia

  • Cold feet — For other uses, see Cold feet (disambiguation). Cold feet is apprehension or doubt strong enough to prevent a planned course of action.[1] The origin of the term itself has been attributed to American author Stephen Crane, who added the phrase,… …   Wikipedia

  • cold feet — noun timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action I was going to tell him but I got cold feet • Hypernyms: ↑timidity, ↑timidness, ↑timorousness * * * loss of nerve or confidence some investors got cold feet and backed out * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cold feet — n. (colloq.) reluctance at the last minute he got cold feet and withdrew from the deal * * * (colloq.) [ reluctance ] at the last minute he got cold feet and withdrew from the deal …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cold feet — n. a wave of timidity or fearfulness. □ Suddenly I had cold feet and couldn’t sing a note. □ You sort of expect a candy ass like that to have cold feet …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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