Oksana
What does it mean "Give somebody the cold shoulder"?
Mar 10, 2017 10:06 PM
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This means that this person is intentionally ignoring somebody or treating someone in an unfriendly way.

March 10, 2017
Example: I said hello to Mark but he didn't acknowledge my existence. Instead, he gave me the cold shoulder and kept walking.
March 11, 2017

It means to make someone feel unwelcome; to insult someone by not treating them as being important.

A story I was told is that it originally meant to serve a guest cold leftovers instead of a hot meal of the best food you have to offer, to show them that you didn't really want them to stay. I doubt that it's true--it sounds like "folk etymology"--but that's one explanation.


March 11, 2017