cold case


Definition of cold case

: an unsolved criminal investigation (as of a homicide or abduction) that has stopped being actively pursued because of a lack of evidence The case is pursued diligently by various detectives, but eventually abandoned and filed away among other cold cases.— Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2014

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First Known Use of cold case

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Cold case.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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