cool someone’s heels

When you let someone cool his heels, you make him wait for some time.

Examples: While the lawyer was having dinner, he made his clients cool their heels in the lobby of the hotel.* ”Whenever my secretary gets angry about something, I never ask her to come and see me immediately. I let her cool her heels for a while before talking to her about it.” * Government officials make it a habit of making people cool their heels.

Source: S. Upendran, The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, February 6, 2006

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