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 The Kim regime, its borders still closed over Covid-19 fears, has so far given a cold shoulder to the Biden administration’s diplomatic outreach. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2021 In her post, Lipa rocked a custom LaQuan Smith jumpsuit, with an extreme cold shoulder and a pastel blue sash around her waist. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Sep. 2021 This type of resentment is widespread among the Chinese public, with online users and news outlets largely ignoring Tianjin talks and giving US efforts the cold shoulder. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 But North Korea abruptly turned the cold shoulder to Moon after a second Kim-Trump summit fell apart in early 2019 due to disputes over U.S.-led sanctions. NBC News, 8 July 2021 After giving a cold shoulder to cryptocurrencies for years, India’s central bank is finally set to launch its own digital currency, and investors in the country have a reason to cheer. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 25 July 2021 Of Detroit’s Big Three automobile companies, Chrysler undeservedly gets the cold shoulder on Wall Street. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 8 July 2021 Samu seems flustered and surprised by the sudden cold shoulder. Olivia Truffaut-wong,, 22 June 2021 For her part, Sturgeon has given her former mentor the cold shoulder., 5 May 2021

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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Cold shoulder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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