get cold feet
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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɡɛt ˈkəʊld fiːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɡɛt ˈkoʊld fit/
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- (This entry is a translation hub.) To develop cold feet, in the sense of nervousness about going through with something.
- 2020 July 12, Christian Wolmar, “Cab ride reveals the pluses and minuses of Oxford route”, in RAIL, number 987, page 44:
- As we accelerate after leaving Didcot, we pass a lot of masts erected for wires that have not yet materialised - and probably won't for years to come. That's because halfway through the Great Western Electrification Programme, ministers suddenly got cold feet as the cost escalated.
to develop cold feet (nervousness about going through with something)