cold comfort

noun
slight or negligible comfort; scarce consolation.

Origin:
1565–75

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cold comfort

Slight or no consolation. For example, He can't lend us his canoe but will tell us where to rent onethat'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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
And from a public policy perspective, it's still cold comfort.
But still, such wisdom is cold comfort for those praying for a break-any
  break-to get back in the workforce.
But proving that poetry is still possible after devastating loss has been a
  cold comfort.
And thankfully, it has a shelf life, but that is cold comfort for those living
  in the here and now.
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