I’ve got cold feet

Are you familiar with the saying “cold hands, warm heart”?

It’s generally understood that people whose hands are usually cold are kind and loving. Cambridge Dictionary says “it’s said to someone with cold hands in order to stop them from being embarrassed.”

Actually, today’s topic is not about cold hands, but about cold feet. When someone says they have cold feet, they don’t literally mean that their feet are cold. Instead, it’s used as a way of saying that you suddenly feel nervous or frightened about doing something that you have planned or agreed to do.

Interestingly, cold feet examples given in dictionaries are very often associated either with marriage or with bungee jumping. For example, Sally got cold feet at the last minute and called off the wedding. For the Cambridge example, I was going to try bungee jumping, but I got cold feet.

NOTE: The original story was first published in February 2019.

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