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 But that doesn't stop Mia from giving her the cold shoulder. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Get a first look at Sophia Bush's arrival on Love, Victor," 15 June 2020 Most states are giving the cold shoulder to smartphone apps. NBC News, "Coronavirus contact tracing apps were tech's chance to step up. They haven't.," 11 June 2020 But North Korea has increasingly turned the cold shoulder to Mr. Moon and suspended virtually all inter-Korean cooperation since a second Kim-Trump summit in early 2019 fell apart due to disputes over U.S.-led sanctions. Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why the cold shoulder? N Korea goes incommunicado with S Korea.," 9 June 2020 But Mexico’s nationalist leader is giving the private sector the cold shoulder, leading to growing friction between the government and business in the U.S.’s largest trading partner. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Mexico’s Leader Resists Relief for Businesses as Coronavirus Hits Economy," 11 Apr. 2020 And while voters gave Warren the cold shoulder, the pandemic has highlighted how her penchant for preparation and planning would be preferable to Trump's mix of magical thinking and hubris. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "What would Warren do?," 7 Apr. 2020 Carolina administrators seemed to spend the early part of the offseason giving their quarterback the cold shoulder. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Who’s facing free-agency fallout in the NFL?," 28 Mar. 2020 The unicorns who’ve been brave enough to go public have gotten the cold shoulder from public market investors, with Uber, Lyft, and SmileDirectClub trading below their IPO prices. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Will Casper be the latest startup humbled by the public markets?," 6 Feb. 2020 In addition to defusing a standoff between federal immigration officers and an L.A. cop trying to prevent them from arresting an undocumented mother, Tommy also gets the cold shoulder from sexist officers still loyal to the former chief. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In ‘Tommy’ and ‘For Life,’ criminal justice reform comes from within the system," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Cold shoulder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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