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cold snap

a sudden onset of a relatively brief period of cold weather.
Also called cold spell.
Origin of cold snap
1770-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One could not tell how long the cold-snap would last, but it had already embarrassed him.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • An early spring cold-snap was on, and the wildness of the scene was painted in a temperature of thirty below zero.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for cold-snap

cold snap

a sudden short spell of cold weather
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Slang definitions & phrases for cold-snap

cold snap

noun phrase

A short spell of cold weather (1776+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with cold-snap

cold snap

Also, cold spell. A short period of unusually cold weather, as in The recent cold snap has threatened the crop. The first expression presumably likens snap in the sense of “a sudden bite or cut” to sudden unexpected cold. The variant is more obvious, spell having been used in the sense of “a bout or turn at something” since the early 1700s. [ Early 1800s ]
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