cold-shoulder

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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