kick your heels
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 heelsBRITISH or
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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