Public speaking is an important skill to practice. But many people get stage fright at large speaking events because the thought of giving a speech in front of a crowd is nerve-wracking. It’s not uncommon to get cold feet before a big performance. Have you ever performed in front of a large crowd?
Watch today’s video below for more examples of how to use this common idiom.
Welcome to Everyday Idioms with me, Dara, from freespiritenglish.com!
Nobody likes having cold feet, but what exactly does this mean? To get cold feet means to feel strong doubt, worry, or “second thoughts” about a planned action.
Let’s look at a few examples using this phrase:
- I’m starting to get cold feet about accepting that job in Japan. I mean, I’d be so far away from my family! Maybe I should tell them I’ve changed my mind.
- I’m not sure that our European road trip is going to happen! Mike and Earl have got cold feet. They’re worried about how much it’ll cost.
- A: So, you’re getting married tomorrow, Michael! Have you got cold feet? It’s your last chance to back out!
- B: Not at all! I can’t wait to walk down the aisle with the woman I love!
So, there we have it. Can you use this phrase in a sentence of your own? If you can, leave it in the comments section below.
How might you use this sentence in your own life? Read the questions below and try to answer using today’s phrase.
- Do you know anyone who had second thoughts about getting married? Did they go through with it?
- What would you say to a friend who was nervous about an interview?
- Were you ever too nervous to speak in front of a large crowd? What happened?
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