die kalte Schulter zeigen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally: show the cold shoulder.

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Particularly: “how related to give somebody the cold shoulder?”

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

die kalte Schulter zeigen (takes dative case)

  1. to give somebody the cold shoulder
    • 2009, Peter Schilder, Hase Jurk und Igel Hahn in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2009-08-25, p.3
      Die SPD will davon nichts wissen und zeigt der Linkspartei die kalte Schulter.
      The SPD doesn’t want to hear about that and gives the Left Party the cold shoulder.