the silent treatment


: the act of ignoring someone because one is angry at him or her
Whenever she gets mad at me, she gives me the silent treatment.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to Tawwab, less obvious examples of abusive behavior include name-calling, demeaning remarks, threats, giving you the silent treatment, and ignoring or even ridiculing your sincere attempts to express your feelings. Samantha Vincenty, SELF, 16 Mar. 2023

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“The silent treatment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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