cold-shoulder

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cold-shoulder (third-person singular simple present cold-shoulders, present participle cold-shouldering, simple past and past participle cold-shouldered)

  1. To disrespect someone, especially by ignoring them.
    • 2006, Michel Faber, The Apple, Canongate Books, page 23:
      If the peculiar Mr Heaton had first accosted her yesterday instead of six weeks ago, she would have cold-shouldered him without hesitation.

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