cool one's heels

cool one's heels
Fig. to wait (for someone); to wait for something to happen. •

I spent an hour cooling my heels in the waiting room while the doctor saw other patients.

All right, if you can't behave properly, just sit down here and cool your heels until I call you.

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{v. phr.}, {slang} To be kept waiting by another's pride or rudeness; be forced to wait by someone in power or authority; wait. * /He cooled his heels for an hour in another room before the great man would see him./ * /I was left to cool my heels outside while the others went into the office./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • cool one's heels — verb wait or pass the time aimlessly or futilely; be kept waiting She kicked her heels for hours at the gate of the Embassy • Syn: ↑kick one s heels • Hypernyms: ↑wait • Verb Frames: Something s …   Useful english dictionary

  • cool one's heels — idi cool one s heels, to be kept waiting, esp. because of deliberate discourtesy …   From formal English to slang

  • cool one's heels — ► cool (or Brit. kick) one s heels be kept waiting. Main Entry: ↑heel …   English terms dictionary

  • cool one's heels —    If you are left to cool your heels, someone keeps you waiting.     After rushing to be on time for my appointment, I was left to cool my heels in the waiting room for an hour …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cool\ one's\ heels — v. phr. slang To be kept waiting by another s pride or rudeness; be forced to wait by someone in power or authority; wait. He cooled his heels for an hour in another room before the great man would see him. I was left to cool my heels outside… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cool one's heels — be kept waiting because of another s rudeness He was forced to cool his heels for an hour in the waiting room before his boss would talk to him …   Idioms and examples

  • cool one's heels — phrasal to wait or be kept waiting for a long time especially from or as if from disdain or discourtesy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cool one's heels — be made to wait for a long time …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cool (or Brit. kick) one's heels — be kept waiting. → heel …   English new terms dictionary

  • kick one's heels — verb wait or pass the time aimlessly or futilely; be kept waiting (Freq. 1) She kicked her heels for hours at the gate of the Embassy • Syn: ↑cool one s heels • Hypernyms: ↑wait • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

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