cold shoulder

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly coined by Sir Walter Scott in 1816.

Noun[edit]

cold shoulder ‎(plural cold shoulders)

  1. (idiomatic) A deliberate act of disrespect; a slight or snub

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (idiomatic) To deliberately slight or snub someone.