Definition of cold-water 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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Definition of cold water (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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In my book, the promise of cold water all weekend is enough to balance out the size and weight drawbacks. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti's Silo 6G Reinvents the Water Cooler," 5 July 2018 While hiking, drink frequently — cold water is best. J. Harry Jones,, "Popular trails closed due to heat concerns," 5 July 2018 Throwing a bit of cold water on that bullish analysis was a survey released Wednesday from Parrot Analytics, which says that 49 percent of Americans do not want to pay for any streaming video service. Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix to Hit 90 Million U.S. Subscribers in Ten Years, Analyst Predicts," 27 June 2018 McConnell also threw cold water on a proposal, floated by the White House and House Republicans, to rescind some funding included in the $1.3 trillion spending bill that Congress passed last month. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "McConnell: No Senate vote on bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller," 17 Apr. 2018 Place the chicken carcass and 2 quarts of cold water in a large stockpot and bring to a low simmer. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Brandon Jew’s Whole Chicken Wontons in Broth," 1 Mar. 2018 Add 1-2 drops peppermint, orange, or tangerine to a small bowl of cold water. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Essential Oils For Headaches And How To Use Them," 30 Oct. 2017 Corn on the cob: Soak the corn in the husks in cold water for 30 minutes. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 After each dunk in the cold water, the whippet emerged, shivering. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

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