인생을 살면서 뭔가 하기로 했다가 마음이 변하는 경우를 종종 본다.
  • 계약하자고 말 다 해놨는데, 갑자기 막판에 뺀다거나
  • 여행가자고  했는데 갑자기 못가겠다고 하거나
  • 결혼식 바로 전에 뛰쳐나가거나…
이런 상황을 저지른 사람에 대해 어떻게 말을 할 수 있을까?.
He/she got scared/frightened …?
라고 말할수 있겠지만,  이런 상황(하기로 했다가 마음이 변한) 이 워낙 “자주” 일어나니 이것을 상황을 표현하는 숙어가 따로 있는데…
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He got cold feet at the last moment and decided not to do it..
get cold feet
  • [Definition]
    • to get nervous and change your mind.
    • to suddenly become too frightened to do something you had planned to do, especially something important like getting married
[From Email]
  • “I apologize, this week is my fault. i was getting cold feet about presenting because of time constraints and a challenging topic — i want to do a decent job”
[From Movies & TV Shows]
  • It’s just cold feet, isn’t it? Everyone panics before they get married (Sleepless in Seattle)
  • Annie, make sure when my fiance gets cold feet you tell her what a great guy I am. (Bridesmaids)
  • JACK (studying him): You’re getting cold feet about this. FRANK: I was just thinking what Ma would think (Fabulous Baker)
  • Garcia got cold feet and dropped the whole thing. (187 Script)
  • AMBASSADOR (Ignoring this) And then, to crown it all, you get cold feet and come running along here to hide — and bring the child with you. (Man Who Knew Too Much)
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I think I’m getting cold feet…
[From News]
  • A growing number of state and local officials are getting cold feet about electronic voting technology (NYT)
  • As spring arrives, soccer’s contenders get cold feet (NYT)
  • The big airlines get cold feet  (Economist)
  • Yet they are not the only ones to have developed cold feet. (Ecnomist)
[From Twitter]
  • I always get cold feet . I’m getting too old for commitment problems.
  • I knew she was the one. So I wrote her many poems.  But then…cold feet. I tore the poems to bits.  I am not ready. I need to sew my odes.
  • Investors get cold feet on US biotech shares
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