cool (one's) heels

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cool (one's) heels

To wait, sometimes so that one becomes calmer or more composed. You need to cool your heels for a minute and stop yelling at the staff—they didn't do anything wrong. We were excited, but we had to cool our heels when the release date for the new game got pushed back.
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cool one's heels

Fig. to wait (for someone); to wait for something to happen. I spent an hour cooling my heels in the waiting room while the doctor saw other patients. All right, if you can't behave properly, just sit down here and cool your heels until I call you.
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cool one's heels

Wait or be kept waiting, as in I've been cooling my heels in the doctor's waiting room for at least an hour. This term originally meant to cool one's feet when they become hot from walking, and began to be used ironically for being forced to rest (or wait) in the early 1600s.
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cool your heels

be kept waiting.
A British variant of this is kick your heels .
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ˌcool your ˈheels

(informal) be kept waiting: The bank manager had asked to see her at four o’clock but she had to sit cooling her heels for almost 45 minutes.
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cool (one's) heels

Informal
To wait or be kept waiting.
See also: cool, heel
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What this means is that Police team better known as 'Chafua Chafua' will have to cool their heels and will know their fate on 'boxing day'.
The Filipinos plane back home Saturday and will have very little time to cool their heels as they take on Chinese Taipei Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
As the hours ticked away overnight, most of the leaders were forced to cool their heels, playing computer games or taking a nap in their delegation offices while Tusk and the leaders of Germany, France and Greece met several times privately to try to cut through the final knots.
He'd let them fix themselves a tea, give them time to cool their heels.
Those who scoff at traffic rules deserve to cool their heels in jail.
But exploitation fans should cool their heels for this is a film more concerned with character than it is with crudity.
YOU'RE NICKED: The three unlikely criminals face a spell behind bars, right, before they are taken off to the cells, below, to cool their heels and reflect on their fund raising effort
Ray is referring to the fact that he and fellow killer Ken find themselves abroad in the titular medieval Belgium city, ordered by their boss to cool their heels after a London hit went terribly awry.
Athletes who cool their heels warming a bench before entering a game may increase their risk of spine stiffness and back injury.
Anyone who is haunted by recurrent urges to commit matricide should cool their heels long enough to see Southern Comfort.
Long term, UB offers opportunities due to the thriving California climate (specifically Silicon Valley), but recent probing of its credit quality by the Street could make investors cool their heels.
Investors prefer to cool their heels on the sidelines this afternoon following Tuesday's late-day rally on positive comments from the FOMC.
It was the second straight victory in a 4-2 card for the Texters, and with the team to go on a much-needed break for the holidays, Racela is more worried than relieved even if his hard-working crew can get the chance to cool their heels for a few days.
When weather forces crime kingpin Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne) and a few small-timers (John Leguizamo, Jeffrey ``Ja Rule'' Atkins, Aisha Hinds) to cool their heels overnight in P13's holding cells, the undermanned stationed is attacked by an army of corrupt cops, out to silence Bishop before he fingers them.
The team was forced to cool their heels for a few days while a new motor drive was flown out from Britain.