leave (someone) out in the cold

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of leave (someone) out in the cold

:to leave (someone) in a bad position :to not give (someone) the rights or advantages that are given to others
  • The changes benefit management but leave the workers out in the cold.

Word by Word Definitions

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

cold play
  1. : having or being a temperature that is uncomfortably low for humans

  2. : having a relatively low temperature or one lower than normal or expected

  3. : not heated: such as

  1. : bodily sensation produced by loss or lack of heat

  2. : a condition of low temperature

  3. : a bodily disorder popularly associated with chilling

  1. : with utter finality : absolutely, completely

  2. : without introduction or advance notice

  3. : without preparation or warm-up


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