Definition of cold feet in English:

cold feet


  • Loss of nerve or confidence.

    ‘after arranging to meet I got cold feet and phoned her saying I was busy’
    • ‘The Rochdale cabaret singer feared his Norwegian bride had got cold feet and decided to return to her homeland without him.’
    • ‘The central government has developed cold feet on the promised legislation to regulate fee and admissions in professional colleges.’
    • ‘Apparently, one - or possibly more - of the investors may have gotten cold feet.’
    • ‘They believed the hype about the cost and got cold feet.’
    • ‘TWO ponies stolen from a field at Semley were reunited with their owner on Friday night, after thieves got cold feet and decided to abandon them.’
    • ‘But when it came time to ask her dad if I could marry her, I got cold feet.’
    • ‘Hels's flat sale has fallen through - the purchaser was intending to buy-to-let and has got cold feet over the interest rates.’
    • ‘I consider fleeing, but this is no time to get cold feet.’
    • ‘Other investors, financiers and shareholders have also got cold feet.’
    • ‘It quickly got cold feet after its auditors took a close look at the books.’
    hesitate, falter, delay, drag one's feet, stall, think twice, change one's mind, waver, oscillate, fluctuate, vacillate, be undecided, be indecisive, be irresolute, see-saw, yo-yo