cold feet

plural noun
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of cold feet

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

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1893

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Definition of cold feet for English Language Learners

  • : 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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