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Idiom

Give Someone the Cold Shoulder: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To be unfriendly to someone and ignore them deliberately.
Origin
Give someone the cold shoulderThis idiom originated in the early 1800s. It is said that welcome visitors to a house were served a hot meal but someone who was not welcome was given a cold shoulder of whatever meat was being eaten. The shoulder was known to be the coldest and toughest part of the animal and a much inferior meal.
Examples
“I haven’t spoken to Susan for months. I’ve tried calling her a few times but she keeps giving me the cold shoulder. I don’t even know why.”

“I think you should stop giving Jeff the cold shoulder. I know he upset you but he’s really sorry and he wants to be your friend again.”

Paul: “Hi Jake. How are you feeling today?”
Jake: “Hi Paul. You’re the only person who has spoken to me today. Everyone else is giving me the cold shoulder.”
Paul: “Well I’m not surprised. You were very rude to everyone last night. Don’t you remember?”
Jake: “Oh no! I must have drunk too much – I don’t remember anything!”
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