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.
See also: cool, heel
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: cool, heel
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: cool, heel
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cool your heels

be kept waiting.
A British variant of this is kick your heels .
See also: cool, heel
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: cool, heel
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cool (one's) heels

Informal
To wait or be kept waiting.
See also: cool, heel
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He shall cool his heels in jail a little time, and I'll be bound he looks for other folks to fleece, when he comes out.
His persistent demands would have ended, at Dan's instigation, in a regimental belting which in all probability would have killed him and cut off the supply of beer, had not he been sent on special duty some fifty miles away from the Cantonment to cool his heels in a mud fort and dismount obsolete artillery.
class="MsoNormalThe suspect is being held at the Naiberi Police Station where he will cool his heels for 13 more days as police record witness statements.
A 68-year-old man, John Ekeh, who allegedly produced adulterated fan milk under the brand name, Fandango drinks, is to cool his heels in prison pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions.
Roach was left to cool his heels, while Pacquiao busied himself in front of the mirror, attending to his hairdo.
But he will now have to cool his heels until Friday, March 25 when he will top the bill at Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom with an opponent in the pipeline.
It must rank as the worst manners to give an appointment and then make the person who has come to meet you cool his heels in some dreary anteroom while you flip through some magazine or doodle or simply chat with a friend while giving out the impression that you are very busy.
If Luis had been forced to cool his heels until 2015 then he might get the message his outrageous behaviour will not be tolerated.
Super fit and super ready after a string of injuries forced him to cool his heels on the extra's list for long, India's well- known injury- troubled cricketer, Irfan Pathan now wants us to believe he's super stylish as well!
After an initial altercation Town's Scott Kaighan was sent to cool his heels in the sin bin, while Gateshead's Mitchell Stevens was shown the red card.
The on-loan Dundee United striker has had to cool his heels on the sideline for a month due to the big freeze.
Not only did Putin boycott the Sofia gathering, but when Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev got to Moscow, he was unceremoniously left to cool his heels when president Dmitry Medvedev postponed an appointment with no notice and no reason given publicly.
Fallen newspaper baron Conrad Black can cool his heels in Palm Beach, Fla., for a few more days, after a federal judge's decision on Thursday to push his sentencing date back from Nov.
``He should have been banned for at least 12 months and I think that would have been adequate to cool his heels,'' he said.
But while Igor Biscan did enough to suggest Henchoz may have to cool his heels a little longer,Emile Heskey's efforts had Milan Baros chomping at the bit.