cold feet

plural noun

Definition of cold feet 

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

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Prince William got cold feet about his relationship with Kate in December 2006, royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl wrote in Vanity Fair. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Broke Up Before They Got Married," 23 Sep. 2018 The council is protecting itself in case the NHL gets cold feet over a potential lockout in 2019 and delays awarding the franchise. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Only groups standing between Seattle and NHL, new KeyArena are those that want them most," 16 Sep. 2018 If the Spurs stay patient and refuse to make a move with Leonard right away, maybe James gets cold feet about jumping to Los Angeles. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As ‘pressure’ builds in LA, Spurs see reason to be patient," 27 June 2018 But in Wednesday’s issue — spoilers ahead — after a tough heart-to-heart talk with her best friend, who is also the groom’s sister, the would-be bride gets cold feet. George Gene Gustines, New York Times, "Two Say ‘I Do’ in X-Men Gold, but Not the Pair Fans Were Expecting," 19 June 2018 From the feeling of weightlessness on the Kingda Ka to getting cold feet on Fahrenheit, these rides are the definition of exhilarating. Julia Fawal, Woman's Day, "10 Things You Never Knew About Roller Coasters," 24 July 2015 Carrie expanded her wedding guest list from 74 to 400, causing Big to get cold feet and ultimately leave her at the alter. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Sex and the City Turns 20: Look Back at Every Wedding Dress the Girls Wore," 5 June 2018 Trump’s letter, the aides said, was designed to pressure the North on the international stage for appearing to have cold feet. Josh Lederman, Time, "Kim Jong Un's Right-Hand Man Meets Mike Pompeo in New York to Discuss the North Korea Summit," 31 May 2018 Trump's open letter to Kim last week canceling the summit, the aides said, was designed to pressure the North on the international stage for appearing to have cold feet. Josh Lederman, chicagotribune.com, "Pompeo, ex-North Korean spy chief holding talks in New York today," 31 May 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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cold feet

noun

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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