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 ?
Supposing I'm ready to fling my cap over the mill, other starchy people will give you the cold shoulder until you're married.
"Ay, he comes back," said the landlord, "to his great friends, now and again, and gives the cold shoulder to the man that made him."
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.
Those who knew the story gave him the cold shoulder; those who knew it not, seeing one brother disappear, and the other succeed in the estate, raised a cry of murder; so that upon all sides he found himself evited.
'And does Miss Linton turn a cold shoulder on him?' was the doctor's next question.
Huntingdon?' 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."
He gives me the cold shoulder on this very matter as if he had had nothing to do with it, instead of being the first to propose it.
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.
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.
"They will give you the cold shoulder. Do you know what that means?"