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cold comfort

slight or negligible comfort; scarce consolation.
Origin of cold comfort
1565-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What might be going on even now—that was the great point for me to ascertain—in a matter beyond all discretion or cold comfort?

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • In her despair Aileen went to Octavius; but he gave her cold comfort.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • When Mrs. O'Hara spoke to her daughter of eternity, there was but cold comfort in the word.

    An Eye for an Eye Anthony Trollope
  • But even when it was so cold that the milk was frozen,—cold comfort, indeed!

    Heroines of Service Mary Rosetta Parkman
  • This is cold comfort for a man just out of hard fighting in the ague-fens!

Idioms and Phrases with cold comfort

cold comfort

Slight or no consolation. For example, He can't lend us his canoe but will tell us where to rent one—that's cold comfort. The adjective cold was being applied to comfort in this sense by the early 1300s, and Shakespeare used the idiom numerous times.
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