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 while the others went into the office.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • 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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • 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 — 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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