Definition of cold feet in English:

cold feet

phrase

  • Loss of nerve or confidence.

    ‘some investors got cold feet and backed out’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when it came time to ask her dad if I could marry her, I 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.’
    • ‘Apparently, one - or possibly more - of the investors may have gotten cold feet.’
    • ‘I consider fleeing, but this is no time to get cold feet.’
    • ‘Other investors, financiers and shareholders have also 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
    haver, hum and haw
    sit on the fence, dilly-dally, shilly-shally, pussyfoot around, blow hot and cold
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