cold shoulder meaning

  "cold shoulder" in a sentence

give someone the cold shoulder to ignore someone completely or be deliberately unfriendly to someone; see shoulder (7)

cold-shoulder v. (cold-shoulders, cold-shouldering, cold-shouldered)

They cold-shouldered me, the snobs.

[American slang]
n., informal Unfriendly treatment of a person, a showing of dislike for a person or of looking down on a person. Used in the cliches "give the cold shoulder" or "turn a cold shoulder to" or "get the cold shoulder". When Bob asked Mary for a date she gave him the cold shoulder. The membership committee turned a cold shoulder to Jim's request to join the club.


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