cold shoulder


Definition of cold shoulder

: intentionally cold or unsympathetic treatment got the cold shoulder from an old friend

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cold-shoulder transitive verb

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Examples of cold shoulder in a Sentence

at the party the two former friends consciously gave each other the cold shoulder
Recent Examples on the Web Four progressive Democrats last year proposed increasing that to 13, but most Democrats, including President Biden, gave the idea the cold shoulder. Harold Maass, The Week, 9 May 2022 Pyongyang has given the Biden administration the cold shoulder, and Mr. Kim didn’t mention the U.S. in a year-end speech. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 That means the judgment that Republican voters render on Tuesday will go a long way to show whether even conservative candidates like Mr. Mandel and Mr. Gibbons can overcome a cold shoulder from Mar-a-Lago. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The young woman didn’t get the kind of public reception many autistic and otherwise disabled children get — awkwardness, a cold shoulder, even irritation. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 But the contrast between the reception that Ukrainians are seeing now and the cold shoulder that refugees from Syria received during the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe is stark. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2022 In a recorded Democratic response, Sen. William C. Smith Jr. countered the governor’s narrative of progress, alleging instead that Hogan has not focused on key areas of government and given a cold shoulder to lawmakers who want to work with him. Bryn Stole,, 2 Feb. 2022 President Barack Obama gives a cold shoulder to Russian President Vladimir Putin pat on the back in Beijing, Nov. 11, 2014. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 The Shade Room recently posted a video of Khloé grinding on Tristan on the dance floor, while Tristan straight up gives her the cold shoulder. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cold shoulder

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold shoulder was in 1816

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30 May 2022

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“Cold shoulder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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