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 But the night of the breakout, Mitchell got cold feet, and didn't follow through on her role in the escape plan. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Former prison employee who helped murderers escape upstate New York prison has been released," 6 Feb. 2020 The front office got cold feet, and thus ended Aikman's comeback attempts. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Fox Sports' Troy Aikman reveals he almost signed with three teams following Cowboys release," 4 Jan. 2020 Gordon ended up wiring $272,000 in artist deposits, according to Vratilm, but allegedly got cold feet over the loss the festival would incur that year. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Kansas Promoter Files 'Civil Conspiracy' Lawsuit Over KAABOO Sale," 31 Dec. 2019 Their H2OandMe tests reveal snowpeople are genetically predisposed to cold feet. Doreen Christensen,, "Visit Santa’s Village and track his trek around the world with NORAD," 10 Dec. 2019 This sale also applies to the cult-favorite Wicked Good Moccasins too, which also make an incredible gift for anyone who struggles with cold feet in the winter. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "L.L.Bean's most iconic footwear is on sale right now for Black Friday," 25 Nov. 2019 Stripe ended up pulling out of Libra after regulators increased their scrutiny and other backers got cold feet. Wired, "Stripe's Patrick Collison on Crypto, China, and Fixing the Web," 8 Nov. 2019 But according to Fish, as the groundbreaking approached, Weiner appeared to get cold feet, resisting lenders’ requests for more personal guarantees from the two men, and trying to renegotiate the terms of his deal with Fish., "Boston development moguls fighting over failed Back Bay condo project," 25 Oct. 2019 The nuptials came with plenty of drama, including Chandler’s cold feet and the revelation that Rachel was pregnant. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The 13 most romantic moments on Friends," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cold feet

1893, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Cold feet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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