cold shower


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cold shower

n. Informal
A startlingly chilly, unenthusiastic reaction, response, or reception: They threw a cold shower on my suggestion.
References in classic literature ?
I am writing in it now in the late afternoon loveliness, much interrupted by the mosquitoes and the temptation to look at all the glories of the new green leaves washed half an hour ago in a cold shower.
Jo gave a sort of gasp, as if a cold shower bath had suddenly fallen upon her, for such an unexpected turning of the tables actually took her breath away.
I don't see the sense of crowing over him as a superb national production, because he is big and strong, and drinks beer with impunity, and takes a cold shower bath all the year round.
His manager and trainer, George Gainford, placed Robinson under a cold shower immediately after the fight.
EXHAUSTED Scott McDonald told last night how he needed four cups of coffee and a cold shower before gunning down Rangers.
You won't need a cold shower afterwards but a hot bath might be in order.
Prisoners were then given a cold shower, and all the hair was shaved from the bodies of women as well as men.
Eric Pickles was obviously forced to go on cross-country runs but ended up walking at the back with the other fat lads only to be screamed at by a PE teacher, thwacked on his ample backside and thrown into a cold shower.
We filmed in Toronto in the middle of winter, so a cold shower at 5:30 in the morning will make you very, very angry.
Getting up after being on the road all day to a cold shower is a chastening experience.
Nowadays a cold shower before I go on stage is the perfect way for me to prepare for a performance.
lt; Couple all this with a collective cultural cold shower courtesy of unprecedented stress in modern life, and it's little wonder the Western world's birthrate is in decline.