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silent treatment

noun

Definition of silent treatment

  1. :  an act of completely ignoring a person or thing by resort to silence especially as a means of expressing contempt or disapproval



Examples of silent treatment in a sentence

  1. <ever since our run-in at the party she's been giving me the silent treatment>



1947

First Known Use of silent treatment

1947


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