cold comfort


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cold comfort

n.
Extremely limited empathy, sympathy, or encouragement: "I told him that the years would pass with remarkable celerity, but that appeared to be cold comfort" (Nelson Bryant).

cold′ com′fort


n.
negligible comfort or consolation.
[1565–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cold comfort - very limited consolation or empathy; "he told me that time heals all wounds but that was cold comfort to me"
consolation, solace, solacement - the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment; "second place was no consolation to him"
References in classic literature ?
Marilla, as she picked her steps along the damp lane, thought that it was really a satisfaction to know that she was going home to a briskly snapping wood fire and a table nicely spread for tea, instead of to the cold comfort of old Aid meeting evenings before Anne had come to Green Gables.
It was cold comfort I presume, but yet I derived some slight peace of mind from the contemplation of it.
I was going to buy a paper-cutter, but I believed I could remember the cold comfort of the Rigi-Kulm without it, so I smothered the impulse.
We waited for no second bidding, for bread and cheese is but cold comfort and the puddings smelt excellently well; and while we sat and ate, she took up that same place by the next table, looking on, and thinking, and frowning to herself, and drawing the string of her apron through her hand.
At times I cry aloud for sorrow, but presently I leave off again, for crying is cold comfort and one soon tires of it.
Otherwise all those words will be hot air and cold comfort.
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I note that Nick Clegg is now admitting that the Government cut capital spending too much too quickly, which is cold comfort for the those worried if they will keep their jobs, and those seeking work.
COLD COMFORT Amanda and Alesha grin and bare it, while Simon covers up
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And they found little more than cold comfort from their audience as lead singer Gary Lightbody manoeuvred around the stage in skinny jeans while trying, and failing, to build up some kind of rapport.