cold fish


: a cold aloof person

Examples of cold fish in a Sentence

She's a lovely person, but her husband's a bit of a cold fish. her husband is such a cold fish that I'm reluctant to have them over for dinner
Recent Examples on the Web This emulsified mixture of garlic, olive oil and egg is a classic accompaniment to fish (especially cold fish). Domenica Marchetti, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Anxious people are hurt and damaged while avoidants are cold fishes. Vicky Spratt,, 17 Oct. 2023 The book also says the sauce is to be served with calf’s head or cold fish. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 27 July 2023 As Alfred Uhry’s book — also a Tony winner — relates, Leo, the manager of a pencil factory owned by Lucille’s uncle, is a misfit in Atlanta: a New York Jew but also a cold fish. Jesse Green, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2023 There would be plates of bright red tuna crudo, the cold fish drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt flakes. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Aug. 2022 Uncle Richard came round to the flat especially to reason with her, and reported back to Hilary that his niece was a funny sort of girl, bit of a cold fish, very set on her own ideas. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Each ticket comes with a 15-minute window for pickup, to avoid any risk of long lines and cold fish. Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 That solace is not forthcoming, and not only because Elliot is a very cold fish. Jesse Green, New York Times, 21 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold fish was in 1924

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“Cold fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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