cold shoulder


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cold shoulder

n. Informal
Deliberate coldness or disregard; a slight or a snub: received the cold shoulder from several members of the club.

cold shoulder

n
the cold shoulder a show of indifference; slight
vb (tr)
to treat with indifference

cold′ shoul′der


n.
a show of deliberate indifference or disregard.
[1810–20]
cold′-shoul′der, v.t.

cold shoulder

- This term for a snub started when people overstayed their welcome and were served cold beef shoulder, rather than hot food.
See also related terms for snub.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cold shoulder - a refusal to recognize someone you knowcold shoulder - a refusal to recognize someone you know; "the snub was clearly intentional"
rebuff, slight - a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)

cold shoulder

noun
Informal. A deliberate slight:
Informal: go-by.
References in classic literature ?
the Squire was sick and peevish; he had been all day glooming over Dick's estrangement - for so he put it to himself, and now with growls, cold words, and the cold shoulder, he beat off all advances, and entrenched himself in a just resentment.
He had an uneasy feeling that Lawson, after helping him, would turn the cold shoulder on him.
Casaubon has devilish good reasons, you may be sure, for turning the cold shoulder on a young fellow whose bringing-up he paid for.
cried his brother-in-law; 'I struck Walter Hargrave when I was drunk, the second night after we came, and he's turned a cold shoulder on me ever since; though I asked his pardon the very morning after it was done
But Tom turned a cold shoulder to Polly, and made it evident, by his cavalier manner that he really did n't think her "worth a sixpence.
All understood the art of speaking fair when a point was to be gained, and could with consummate skill and at a moment's notice turn the cold shoulder the instant civility ceased to be profitable.
Sedley's kitchen--how black Sambo was in love with the cook (as indeed he was), and how he fought a battle with the coachman in her behalf; how the knife-boy was caught stealing a cold shoulder of mutton, and Miss Sedley's new femme de chambre refused to go to bed without a wax candle; such incidents might be made to provoke much delightful laughter, and be supposed to represent scenes of "life.
The Hole, albeit in a general way not over nice in its choice of company, was rather shy in reference to the honour of cultivating the Rogue's acquaintance; more frequently giving him the cold shoulder than the warm hand, and seldom or never drinking with him unless at his own expense.
Winterbourne wondered how she felt about all the cold shoulders that were turned toward her, and sometimes it annoyed him to suspect that she did not feel at all.
I READ with dismay the article 'Stingy Brits' giving Cupid the cold shoulder at British Club (GDN, February 11).
So don't even think about giving this trend the cold shoulder.
just as long as Irish cinemagoers don't give it the cold shoulder.