cold feet

noun Informal.
a loss or lack of courage or confidence; an onset of uncertainty or fear: She got cold feet when asked to sing a solo.

Origin:
1890–95

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cold feet
 
pl n
informal loss or lack of courage or confidence

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cold feet
1893, Amer.Eng., but the presumed It. original (avegh minga frecc i pee) is a Lombard proverb meaning "to have no money."
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cold feet definition


To “have cold feet” is to be too fearful to undertake or complete an action: “The backup quarterback was called into the game, but he got cold feet and refused to go in.”

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Example sentences
But when his jealous rival hands him a note suggesting that his bride-to-be has
  a wooden leg, he gets cold feet.
Yet they are not the only ones to have developed cold feet.
Both countries are now getting cold feet, claiming misuse of the resolution's
  elastic language.
And shareholders will presumably countenance only a certain amount of borrowing
  before they get cold feet.
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