from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal Deliberate coldness or disregard; a slight or a snub: received the cold shoulder from several members of the club.
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- n. A deliberate act of disrespect; a slight or snub
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- 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.