cold shoulder

noun
a show of deliberate indifference or disregard.

Origin:
1810–20

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cold-shoulder

[kohld-shohl-der]
verb (used with object)
to snub; show indifference to.

Origin:
1810–20

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cold shoulder
 
n
1.  the cold shoulder a show of indifference; a slight
 
vb
2.  to treat with indifference

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cold shoulder definition


To “give someone the cold shoulder” is to ignore someone deliberately: “At the party, Carl tried to talk to Suzanne, but she gave him the cold shoulder.”

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Idioms & Phrases

cold shoulder

Deliberate coldness or disregard, a slight or snub. For example, When I said hello to her in the library, she gave me the cold shoulder and walked away. This term, which first appeared in writings by Sir Walter Scott and others, supposedly alludes to the custom of welcoming a desired guest with a meal of roasted meat, but serving only a cold shoulder of beef or lamba far inferior dishto those who outstayed their welcome. [Early 1800s]

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Example sentences
But they were given the cold shoulder by the academics who had the final say on
  the design.
With the labor market turning a cold shoulder to new graduates, simply staying
  at home seems the only option.
If you get a cold shoulder, don't take it personally.
The feeling of being completely unable to help often leads even people of faith
  to turn a cold shoulder.
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