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cold shower


: hard-line, cold-war, cold-shower Republican Protestants

noun 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 Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • He stumbled out of bed and went in to stand under a cold shower.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • That is why coming back into it from the hill of Cagnes was really like a cold shower.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • As the cold shower struck the pit of his stomach, one knee hitched.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • Say, it was like standin' in front of a searchlight and under a cold shower, all at once.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • The best preventive of recurrent colds is the judicious use of the sponge or cold shower bath.

  • But first I must have a hot bath and a cold shower and a change of clothes.

    Gypsies of the Air Bess Moyer
  • Linda jumped out of bed, and began to sing as she took her cold shower.

  • Finally he roused himself to go to the bathroom for a cold shower.

    The Black Tide Arthur G. Stangland
Idioms and Phrases with cold shower

cold shower

A surprisingly chilly reception, reaction, or response, as in The small voter turnout was a cold shower to the League of Women Voters. The allusion in this term is to the unexpected and not always pleasant effect of an ice-cold shower. [ Second half of 1900s ]
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