Definition of cold feet in English:

cold feet


  • Loss of nerve or confidence.

    ‘some investors got cold feet and backed out’
    • ‘It quickly got cold feet after its auditors took a close look at the books.’
    • ‘I consider fleeing, but this is no time to get cold feet.’
    • ‘The Rochdale cabaret singer feared his Norwegian bride had got cold feet and decided to return to her homeland without him.’
    • ‘Other investors, financiers and shareholders have also got cold feet.’
    • ‘Hels's flat sale has fallen through - the purchaser was intending to buy-to-let and has got cold feet over the interest rates.’
    • ‘The central government has developed cold feet on the promised legislation to regulate fee and admissions in professional colleges.’
    • ‘But when it came time to ask her dad if I could marry her, I got cold feet.’
    • ‘Apparently, one - or possibly more - of the investors may have gotten 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.’
    • ‘They believed the hype about the cost and got cold feet.’
    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-yo
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