kick (one's) heels

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kick (one's) heels

To have to idly spend a long amount of time waiting. Whenever I have a package delivered, I always end up kicking my heels at home waiting for it to arrive. Sorry to have you kicking your heels for so long—the doctor is ready to see you now.
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kick your heels


cool your heels

COMMON If you kick your heels or cool your heels, you wait somewhere with nothing to do. I was left to kick my heels for forty-five minutes on my own waiting for other heads of government to turn up. A team of 60 UN weapons inspectors and aides have been cooling their heels in Bahrain for almost a week.
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kick your ˈheels

(British English, informal) have nothing to do while you are waiting for something: I’ve been kicking my heels here for an hour, waiting for the passport office to open.
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Colwyn Bay player manager Frank Sinclair started a five match suspension so was left to kick his heels on the sidelines, dropping his midfield in an attempt to make things difficult for the runaway Conference North leaders.
And even if there had been, it would never have crossed my old man's mind that it was his job to get me there, kick his heels for a couple of hours and then ferry me home.
The fly-half berths will be filled by Leicester's Sam Vesty and Brive's Andy Goode leaving Cipriani to kick his heels in North America with the Saxons - England's second string.
Rooney will kick his heels alongside Paul Scholes, who has also received notice he will be ruled out for three games following Sunday's Premiership opener against Fulham.
When United step out on Tuesday in the Bernabeu for a Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid, Law's mind will slip back to 1968 when he had to kick his heels as Matt Busby enjoyed one of his finest hours.
Tournament organisers suspended play to let the scheduled evening contests begin on time, leaving both players to kick his heels for almost three hours until a table eventually became available.
Despite signing a new long-term Wolves deal last summer, Hennessey continues to kick his heels on the bench - and that could harm his bid to keep the Wales No 1 jersey.