cold-water

adjective cold-wa·ter
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of cold-water

: having only running water without heat or utility services provided
  • a cold-water flat

First Known Use of cold-water

1942

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cold water

noun

Definition of cold water

: depreciation of something as being ill-advised, unwarranted, or worthless
  • threw cold water on our hopes

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First Known Use of cold water

1808

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