One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Loss of nerve or confidence.‘after arranging to meet I got cold feet and phoned her saying I was busy’
hesitate, falter, delay, drag one's feet, stall, think twice, change one's mind, waver, oscillate, fluctuate, vacillate, be undecided, be indecisive, be irresolute, see-saw, yo-yoView synonyms
- ‘Hels's flat sale has fallen through - the purchaser was intending to buy-to-let and has got cold feet over the interest rates.’
- ‘I consider fleeing, but this is no time to get cold feet.’
- ‘Apparently, one - or possibly more - of the investors may have gotten cold feet.’
- ‘Other investors, financiers and shareholders have also got cold feet.’
- ‘The Rochdale cabaret singer feared his Norwegian bride had got cold feet and decided to return to her homeland without him.’
- ‘The central government has developed cold feet on the promised legislation to regulate fee and admissions in professional colleges.’
- ‘They believed the hype about the cost and got cold feet.’
- ‘TWO ponies stolen from a field at Semley were reunited with their owner on Friday night, after thieves got cold feet and decided to abandon them.’
- ‘It quickly got cold feet after its auditors took a close look at the books.’
- ‘But when it came time to ask her dad if I could marry her, I got cold feet.’
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