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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Use a slotted spoon to transfer the broccoli to a colander, and rinse with cold water to help set its color. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "Forget crisp-tender. Cook broccoli longer and it becomes as comforting as this bowl of pasta.," 16 June 2019 Another trick Tricomi shares: rinse your hair with cold water before stepping out of the shower, which helps seal down the cuticle for smoother strands. Allure, "Here's How to Avoid Getting a Bad Haircut," 16 May 2019 The crates are filled with cold water to keep the asparagus at peak freshness. Christie Dietz, National Geographic, "Calling all foodies: Germany's 'white gold' season is in full swing," 14 May 2019 Simmer cobs in cold water with peppercorns, fresh parsley, fresh thyme and bay leaf for about 1 ½ hours. Claire Perez,, "How to make corn stock," 13 Apr. 2018 Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 10 to 12 minutes; drain and run under cold water to cool. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Seared Salmon, Watercress, and Potato Salad With Olive Dressing," 21 Feb. 2019 Add green beans and blanch until bright green, about 1 minute. Strain and run beans under cold water to halt cooking. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Steak Dinner," 3 Jan. 2019 Instead, grab one of those squishy ice packs, or run a towel under cold water, advises Dr. Waldorf. Emily Gaynor, Teen Vogue, "How to Treat a Curling Iron Burn," 9 Aug. 2018 Abigail said Jennifer grabbed her by the neck, hit her with a closed fist and forced her head under cold water. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

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