cold fish


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cold fish

n. Informal
An aloof or emotionally reserved person.

cold fish

n
an unemotional and unfriendly person

cold′ fish′


n.
Informal.
a person who is aloof and lacking in cordiality or sympathy.
[1940–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cold fish - an aloof unemotional person
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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There's calamari, hand-prepared scampi and a gargantuan seafood platter featuring a selection of Colmans' hot and cold fish served with salads and chips.
The renowned hot and cold fish appetisers served at the restaurant are inspired by Mediterranean cuisine.
Shapiro keeps the action as brisk as a sitcom but this cold fish of a play would likely have ended up on the cutting room floor if it was made for TV.
She said he was unromantic a cold fish of a guy, as he much preferred football drinking beer and eating a pie.
The cast manages to captivate the audience with Koheji excelling in the role of a cold fish who is hiding a secret and without giving the game away, let's just say that taking to the stage in October is particularly apt.
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Chilodonelosis is a dangerous disease among warm and cold fish made by Chilodonella in fish ponds.
In one scene, Autolycus, a villain, talks about a ballad that includes the lyrics, "It was thought she was a woman, and was turned into a cold fish.
Instead of an evil, terrifying power-mad monster he seemed more of a sneering (and unusually elegant) cold fish, and his showcase Act One 'Gia, mi decon venal' and 'Te Deum' numbers went largely for nothing.
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Spader is magnificently sinister as the slightly bloated, cold fish who causes problems for both the good guys and the villains.
James Buchanan was something of a cold fish, an inveterate office-seeker, and--typical of the decayed Democracy of that era--an expansionist/imperialist who coveted Mexico, Cuba, and any other southerly territory that wasn't nailed down.