American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal Deliberate coldness or disregard; a slight or a snub: received the cold shoulder from several members of the club.
- n. a refusal to recognize someone you know
- Possibly coined by Sir Walter Scott in 1816. (Wiktionary)
“Miss M. Lillie gave me the cold shoulder & I began to think that Miss Ida's prediction had come true viz — that she was a great flirt.”
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