English Idiom to get or have cold feet

Idioms are great fun ways to use the English language. They can add more power to your speech or your writing and also take your spoken English to a new level. Today we have a great English idiom that is used quite a lot in English by native speakers and it's one that I think you will have good fun using.

It's called:

  • to get cold feet or to have cold feet

and no, it doesn't mean that you walk outside in the snow without any shoes on!!

"to get/have cold feet" means to suddenly feel too afraid to do something that you had planned to do, so you don't do it or go through with it.

As an example, imagine that you are going to do a bungee jump, you walk up to the bungee platform and are about to get ready when you look down at the massive drop below. Oh no!! too scared so you decide not to do it. You may hear someone say something like, "Don't worry a lot of people get cold feet when they see the drop below" or "Are you going to do the jump or do you have cold feet?"

It is also used a lot a lot if someone is getting married and they decide to postpone the wedding at the last minute, "Oh no the grooms got cold feet, the bride will be so upset"

I'm not too sure where it comes from but it's a nice English idiom to know!!

Hope this helps and see if you can fit this into your next English conversation!! That's all for just now, I hope you enjoy this and please let me know if you need any thing answering. Until next time, bye for now!

Ajarn Ken