cold fish

noun

Definition of cold fish

: a cold aloof person

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 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, 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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“Cold fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20fish. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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cold fish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cold fish

: a cold and unfriendly person

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