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 For instance, in a heavy and meaningful scene, Johnson has cold feet. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2022 Slippers are a practical yet cozy gift for someone who works from home or who always has cold feet. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 1 Feb. 2022 But as the couple begins to get cold feet, the entire wedding party is taken hostage. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 Waterproof boots: Keeping your feet dry is imperative because wet feet mean cold feet, and that means a cold body. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 17 Feb. 2022 Others say companies are getting cold feet and postponing the gatherings in the face of rising COVID-19 cases. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2021 Others say companies are getting cold feet and postponing the gatherings in the face of rising COVID-19 cases. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, the groom-to-be panicked, thinking his fiancee had cold feet. Francesca Street, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 Others say companies are getting cold feet and postponing the gatherings in the face of rising COVID-19 cases. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Cold feet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20feet. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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