Get Cold Feet

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What would you think if you heard someone say: I am getting cold feet.

Did she forget to put on her shoes? Is she standing in snow? let's listen and see whether we can figure this out.

A: Are you going to enter the photo contest?
B: I don't konw.
A: Oh, you should. You are so talented. Your pictures are beautiful!
A: You're just being nice. But I am getting cold feet. I don't know if I am good enough.

If you say "I am getting cold feet," it means that you are afraid or uncomfortable about doing something.

For example, people say a person is getting cold feet if he or she is supposed to get married, but calls off or cancels the wedding. This is a very common, informal phrase.

And that's English in a Minute.