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 for To cool the heels
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cool \Cool\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cooled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To make cool or cold; to reduce the temperature of; as,
        ice cools water.
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              Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger
              in water, and cool my tongue.         --Luke xvi.
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     2. To moderate the heat or excitement of; to allay, as
        passion of any kind; to calm; to moderate.
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              We have reason to cool our raging motions, our
              carnal stings, our unbitted lusts.    --Shak.
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     To cool the heels, to dance attendance; to wait, as for
        admission to a patron's house. [Colloq.] --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heel \Heel\, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for
     h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. Hough); but cf. D.
     hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw.
     h[aum]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. Inculcate.]
     1. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; --
        in man or quadrupeds.
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              He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then
              his speed,
              His winged heels and then his armed head. --Denham.
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     2. The hinder part of any covering for the foot, as of a
        shoe, sock, etc.; specif., a solid part projecting
        downward from the hinder part of the sole of a boot or
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     3. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or
        concluding part. "The heel of a hunt." --A. Trollope. "The
        heel of the white loaf." --Sir W. Scott.
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     4. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a
        protuberance; a knob.
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     5. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human
        heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests;
        (a) (Naut.) The after end of a ship's keel.
        (b) (Naut.) The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit,
            the sternpost, etc.
        (c) (Mil.) In a small arm, the corner of the but which is
            upwards in the firing position.
        (d) (Mil.) The uppermost part of the blade of a sword,
            next to the hilt.
        (e) The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the
            heel of a scythe.
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     6. (Man.) Management by the heel, especially the spurred
        heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.
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     7. (Arch.)
        (a) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or
            rafter. In the United States, specif., the obtuse
            angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.
        (b) A cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen. --Gwilt.
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     8. (Golf) The part of the face of the club head nearest the
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     9. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the
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     Heel chain (Naut.), a chain passing from the bowsprit cap
        around the heel of the jib boom.
     Heel plate, the butt plate of a gun.
     Heel of a rafter. (Arch.) See Heel, n., 7.
     Heel ring, a ring for fastening a scythe blade to the
     Neck and heels, the whole body. (Colloq.)
     To be at the heels of, to pursue closely; to follow hard;
        as, hungry want is at my heels. --Otway.
     To be down at the heel, to be slovenly or in a poor plight.
     To be out at the heels, to have on stockings that are worn
        out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. --Shak.
     To cool the heels. See under Cool.
     To go heels over head, to turn over so as to bring the
        heels uppermost; hence, to move in a inconsiderate, or
        rash, manner.
     To have the heels of, to outrun.
     To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to imprison.
        --Shak. --Addison.
     To show the heels, to flee; to run from.
     To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight.
     To throw up another's heels, to trip him. --Bunyan.
     To tread upon one's heels, to follow closely. --Shak.
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