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not give someone the time of day

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not give someone the time of day

verb phrase

Not do the slightest favor for; not greet or speak to; have contempt for: Like him? I wouldn't give that bastard the time of day

[1593+; the dated instance, from Shakespeare, is not in the negative]

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 not give someone the time of day
Ignore someone, refuse to pay the slightest attention to someone, as in He's tried to be friendly but she won't give him the time of day. This expression, first recorded in 1864, alludes to refusing even to answer the question, “What time is it?”
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