cold feet

plural noun

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

Examples of cold feet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of Amazon’s steepest discounts, the Safavieh Dallas Shag Collection Area Rug is also on sale for 86 percent off, and its plush carpeting is great to ward against cold feet this winter. Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 Perfect for cold days, these slippers are designed to provide heat and comfort, fulfilling the dream of a future without cold feet. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 McCarthy will have to hope against hope that a handful of the Republicans who are currently allied with Gaetz’s bid to oust the speaker develop cold feet as the moment to do the deed draws nigh, and change their minds. Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 Twitter soon agreed to Musk’s terms, yet the billionaire quickly got cold feet. Bynicholas Gordon, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2023 Pick them up and beat having cold feet during fall and winter, while still getting 20 percent off. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 This kind of realization would make anyone get cold feet, but Dotun took it in stride. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 Despite fading inflation and the potential for A.I. to spur tech spending and increase productivity, tech investors have started to get cold feet over the past month. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 11 Aug. 2023 After getting cold feet last year amid harsh market and regulatory conditions, PayPal chose Monday to announce PYUSD—a digital token on the Ethereum blockchain that U.S. customers can use for payments or transfers. Byjeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold feet was in 1893

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“Cold feet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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