: hard-line, cold-war, cold-shower Republican Protestantsnoun phrase
A remedy for illusions; an imposer of reality; a dampener of spirits: turning a cold shower on the grimy, corrosive residue of 73 years of communism
[1990s+; Attested in 1866 in the form a douche of cold water; it should also be recalled that cold baths and showers have been a traditional prescription for calming the rampant male]
The feeling quickly dissipated when—shortly after—he found himself naked in a cold shower, surrounded by the two adult men.
The first words out of his mouth were simply “I just need a cold shower.”