(give/get) (somebody) the cold shoulder

Meaning(s)

1. ignore or be unfriendly towards somebody

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gave him/her the cold shoulder all day

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This expression means to treat somebody in an unfriendly manner by being intentionally rude, curt, deliberately disinterested in what they have to say or outright refusing to talk or even look at them. It is usually done to somebody who has upset or offended you, or towards whom you feel jealousy or resentment. It can be used in either a social or professional context, and is similar to the phrase 'give someone the brush-off.'

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  1. What's up with Emma? She's been giving me the cold shoulder all day!
  2. I've apologised for what I said, so there's no need to give me the cold shoulder.

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  1. I've been getting the cold shoulder from quite a few of my co-workers since I was promoted to a managerial position.

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