cold feet

cold feet
noun
timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action
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I was going to tell him but I got cold feet

Hypernyms: ↑timidity, ↑timidness, ↑timorousness

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loss of nerve or confidence

some investors got cold feet and backed out

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noun [plural]
: a feeling of worry or doubt that is strong enough to stop you from doing something that you planned to do

He was going to ask her to marry him, but he got cold feet and couldn't do it.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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