Cool your heels - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
cool your heels
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.
cool your heels be kept waiting.
A British variant of this is kick your heels .
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.
References in periodicals archive
In just over 12 hours you could be heading straight for palm-fringed perfection, instead of having to cool your heels
at Bangkok or another airport first.
It's a simple, fun place to cool your heels
after hours of sightseeing.
I'm going to let you cool your heels
in the cell at Fort William until the inspector gets back.
Trying to avoid being forced to cool your heels
somewhere in transit?