English idioms with cold meanings and example sentences

Cold comfort – only very slight satisfaction

Precedent, however, suggests that his comments will offer only cold comfort to Mr Jones and Mrs Bridger.
Give the cold shoulder to – Avoid; shun; adopt an aloof manner towards

The boys gave their annoying friend the cold shoulder.
In cold blood – deliberately and with premeditation

He murdered her in cold blood.
Leave one cold – Fail to impress one

The fireworks display just left me cold.
Left out in the cold – Ignored

The boy felt his friends had left him out in the cold.
Pour/throw cold water over/on – Discourage; demonstrate an unenthusiastic attitude towards.

John poured cold water over the plans for the birthday party.


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