cold fish


Definition of cold fish

: a cold aloof person

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Synonyms for cold fish


cold turkey, iceberg, icicle

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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

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Sharks and rays are often perceived as cold fish, but at least one species of manta ray has a surprisingly complex social life, a new study says. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "Manta rays form close friendships, shattering misconceptions," 27 Aug. 2019 That solace is not forthcoming, and not only because Elliot is a very cold fish. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: With ‘Skintight,’ Idina Menzel Takes On a Straight Play. Sort Of.," 21 June 2018 Frank thought him, despite the expensive suit, the leather briefcase and the manicured hands, or perhaps because of them, a cold fish. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A prisoner is given a deal he can’t refuse in an excerpt from S.J. Morden’s sci-fi novel One Way," 25 Mar. 2018 There is nothing cathartic or healthful about breaking a cold sweat, and a cold fish is not attractive as entrée or lover. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Where It’s Always Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cold fish

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold fish was in 1924

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English Language Learners Definition of cold fish

: a cold and unfriendly person

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