cold shoulder

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of cold shoulder

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

cold-shoulder

transitive verb

Examples of cold shoulder in a Sentence

  1. at the party the two former friends consciously gave each other the cold shoulder

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First Known Use of cold shoulder

1816

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