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Test incompl/inter-325, User's Answer 10 #1 (permalink) Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:16 am   Test incompl/inter-325, User's Answer 10
 

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ESL/EFL Test #325 "English Slang Idioms (46)", question 10

Where have you been? You left me cooling my ......... for the past 20 minutes!

(a) ears
(b) heels
(c) toes
(d) fists

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ESL/EFL Test #325 "English Slang Idioms (46)", answer 10

Where have you been? You left me cooling my heels for the past 20 minutes!

Correct answer: (b) heels

Your answer was: correct
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...cool my heels for the past 20 minutes = Does it mean: I have to wait for you for the past 20 minutes. ?
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Test incompl/inter-325, User's Answer 10 #2 (permalink) Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:22 am   Test incompl/inter-325, User's Answer 10
 

Yes - the idiom is about being kept waiting / waiting for something to happen.

It is often used to indicate an enforced wait which is a deliberate strategy forcing someone to calm down.
The youths were left cooling their heels in the police cell all night before they were brought before the magistrate.
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