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get cold feet

To experience nervousness or anxiety before one attempts to do something, often to the extent that one tries to avoid it. I wasn't nervous until the morning of my wedding, but everyone assured me that I had just gotten cold feet. Good luck getting her out on stage—she always gets cold feet before a performance.
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get cold feet

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have cold feet

COMMON If you get cold feet or have cold feet about something you have planned to do, you become nervous about it and not sure that you want to do it. My boyfriend got cold feet about being in a committed relationship. Leaving Ireland wasn't easy and I had cold feet about it a couple of times.
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get/have cold ˈfeet

(informal) no longer want to continue what you intended or have started to do because you are nervous or afraid: Do you still want to do this parachute jump or are you getting cold feet? OPPOSITE: take the plunge
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Sioned's court case begins and Ed starts getting cold feet.
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Everybody knows the Tories are getting cold feet on the environment," said the source.
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The groom is getting cold feet and his best man, Buster, can't find anything good to say about Dermot in his speech.
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A lot of member states are getting cold feet now, but during the crisis this spring, we saw what the sovereign debt crisis can do.
The fact that they need a 'change of use' ruling to press ahead with any plans they have to redevelop the site suggests they might be getting cold feet.