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. Two owls are perched near me, and are carrying on a long conversation that I enjoy as much as any warbling of nightingales.
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.
being forced to take an extended cold shower on April 15 after his mother learned he had soiled his pants.
ROY HODGSON claimed Manchester United's second goal was a "real cold shower" as Crystal Palace's hot streak ended last night.
Dr Labaeka said taking black coffee, having a cold shower or resorting to sleeping is also not antidote to poisoning, adding, 'in a case of poisoning, when the person resorts to sleeping it off, the person can accidentally sleep into death.'
"We will say frankly, it was a cold shower for us, since we expected more gold medals than in previous years...
Ben Jardine has become the first Celebrity Big Brother star to strip naked on camera as president of the houseKirstie Alleyforced him to take a cold shower.
To keep him alert after sleepless nights with five-month-old son Cooper, Danny, 32, blasts himself with a freezing cold shower.
Can't face a full on cold shower? Putting your feet in an ice bucket is a great way to chill without having the unpleasantness of a cold shower.
I mean, who's going to be the first one of us to say 'I want to get off this bus'?" Keith Richards on playing with the Rolling Stones "I do sometimes think of a beautiful woman and then I chant my mantras and take a cold shower."
The kids had no toys, they had no personality to their living quarters, no time that was their own Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor on 'horrific' conditions in Ukraine orphanages do sometimes think of a beautiful woman and then I chant my mantras and take a cold shower The Dalai Lama's reply when asked by actor Brian Blessed how he manages without sex It simply is not good enough for the political class to identify a problem.