the cold shoulder

noun

: cold and unfriendly treatment from a person known to one
He got the cold shoulder from his former boss when he saw him at a restaurant.
Most of the other professors gave him the cold shoulder.

Examples of the cold shoulder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some retailers who had been giving us the cold shoulder decided to give LIVSN a chance. Andrew Gibbs-Dabney, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2023

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“The cold shoulder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20cold%20shoulder. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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