cold fish

cold fish

noun Informal.
a person who is very reserved or aloof in manner or who lacks normal cordiality, sympathy, or other feeling.

Origin:
1940–45

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cold fish
 
n
an unemotional and unfriendly person

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cold fish definition


  1. n.
    a dull and unresponsive person. : I hate to shake hands with a cold fish like that. He didn't even smile.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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cold fish

A hard-hearted, unfeeling individual, one who shows no emotion, as in Not even the eulogy moved him; he's a real cold fish. This expression was used by Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale (4:4): "It was thought she was a woman, and was turn'd into a cold fish." However, it came into wider use only in the first half of the 1900s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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