Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To ‘give the cold shoulder’ to; treat with studied coldness, indifference, or neglect.

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  • verb To disrespect someone, especially by ignoring them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb pay no attention to, disrespect

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Examples

  • When Japan arrested the captain of one such fishing vessel that rammed Japanese ships last fall, Beijing responded by cutting off crucial industrial mineral exports, arresting innocent Japanese workers in China, and giving the cold-shoulder to the Japanese ambassador.

    Reframe U.S.-China Relations

  • Mr. Rapson's biggest complaint was the city's cold-shoulder treatment of Toni Griffin, a well-regarded urban planner from Harvard whom Kresge had recruited to help guide Detroit Works.

    Revival Bid Pits Detroit vs. Donor

  • Turning your back on a dog can send a much more powerful message than screaming and yelling—the “cold-shoulder treatment” works on almost every social creature and is a lot more effective than physical corrections or the infliction of pain.

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • Where there was a genuine affection for Stark from Pepper in the first film an affection that saved his life, there was nothing but cold-shoulder antagonism in the sequel.

    Iron Man 2 Cents

  • Turning your back on a dog can send a much more powerful message than screaming and yelling—the “cold-shoulder treatment” works on almost every social creature and is a lot more effective than physical corrections or the infliction of pain.

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • Turning your back on a dog can send a much more powerful message than screaming and yelling—the “cold-shoulder treatment” works on almost every social creature and is a lot more effective than physical corrections or the infliction of pain.

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • If there is any sustained effort to cold-shoulder Maloney, then President Obama and the machine led by the Senior Senator from New York will become the issue in the primary.

    Stephen C. Rose: Carolyn Maloney for U.S. Senate

  • But rejection always sucks, especially the silent, cold-shoulder kind.

    Sleepless

  • He even went so far as to make a commercial showing a chicken clucking, in reference to Villaraigosas cold-shoulder attitude and refusal to have any contact or debates with him.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Israel's official response to J Street, which though less than two years old has been described as a counterweight to AIPAC, has gone from chill to cold-shoulder.

    Bradley Burston: Dovish Jews? They Love Israel? Excommunicate Them

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