the cold shoulder

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the cold shoulder

: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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

shoulder play
  1. : the laterally projecting part of the human body formed of the bones and joints with their covering tissue by which the arm is connected with the trunk

  2. : the region of the body of nonhuman vertebrates that corresponds to the shoulder but is less projecting

  3. : the two shoulders and the upper part of the back

  1. : to push or thrust with or as if with the shoulder : jostle

  2. : to place or bear on the shoulder

  3. : to assume the burden or responsibility of


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