cold feet

plural noun

Definition of cold feet

: apprehension or doubt strong enough to prevent a planned course of action

Examples of cold feet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Few things will send you home early from your favorite outdoor adventure more quickly than wet, cold feet. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Consider When Buying Thick Socks," 19 Sep. 2019 Record executives loved his demo tapes but got cold feet after viewing his picture. Washington Post, "Charley Pride, first major Black star in country music, dies at 86," 12 Dec. 2020 Lip and Tami prepared themselves for the big move, but Lip got cold feet, unwilling to leave the South-Side. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "Everything You Need To Remember Before Starting The Final Season Of Shameless," 6 Dec. 2020 For the one with cold feet: Parlovable Cross Band Slippers Parlovable Cross Band Slippers claim to be just as soft as Uggs, but only cost a fraction of the cost. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "25 perfect gifts that look more expensive than they actually are," 3 Dec. 2020 Speaking of the heat, the Yukon projects it—a lot of it—in an even circle, but only from the rim and up, which may leave you with cold feet. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Portable Fire Pits to Bring From the Backyard to the Campsite," 10 Nov. 2020 For the person with cold feet: Ugg slippers The Scuff slipper from Ugg has a cult-following with 1,000-plus reviews at Nordstrom. Jamie Ueda, USA TODAY, "The 30 coziest gifts of 2020," 10 Nov. 2020 But the reasons for its cold feet seemed to shift, and there was pressure from investors on both sides to make a deal happen., "Tiffany’s on sale: LVMH deal back on after jeweler agrees to lower price: $15.8 billion," 29 Oct. 2020 Kidney problems can trigger anemia, which comes with cold sensitivity, and diabetes can cause nerve damage, giving you cold feet. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Cold? 10 Reasons Why Experts Say You're Constantly Freezing," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cold feet

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold feet was in 1893

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26 Jan 2021

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“Cold feet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cold feet

: a feeling of worry or doubt that is strong enough to stop you from doing something that you planned to do

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