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cold Idioms & Phrases


catch cold

  • verb come down with a cold
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Clay cold

  • cold as clay or earth; lifeless; inanimate.
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Cold abscess

  • . See under Abscess.
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Cold blast

  • See under Blast, n., 2.
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Cold blood

  • . See under Blood, n., 8.
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cold cash

  • noun money in the form of cash that is readily available
    ready cash; ready money.
    • his wife was always a good source of ready cash
    • he paid cold cash for the TV set
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cold cathode

  • noun a cathode that is a source of electrons without being heated
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cold cereal

  • noun a cereal that is not heated before serving
    dry cereal.
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Cold chill

  • an ague fit. Wright.
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Cold chisel

  • noun narrow chisel made of steel; used to cut stone or bricks
    set chisel.
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  • a chisel of peculiar strength and hardness, for cutting cold metal. Weale.
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cold comfort

  • noun very limited consolation or empathy
    • he told me that time heals all wounds but that was cold comfort to me
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Cold cream

  • noun a cream used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin
    vanishing cream; coldcream; face cream.
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  • . See under Cream.
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cold cuts

  • noun sliced assorted cold meats
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cold duck

  • noun pink sparkling wine originally from Germany
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cold feet

  • noun timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action
    • I was going to tell him but I got cold feet
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cold fish

  • noun an aloof unemotional person
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cold frame

  • noun protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold
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cold front

  • noun the front of an advancing mass of colder air
    polar front.
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cold fusion

  • noun nuclear fusion at or near room temperatures; claims to have discovered it are generally considered to have been mistaken
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cold gangrene

  • noun (pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color
    mummification; mumification necrosis; dry gangrene.
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cold medicine

  • noun medicine intended to relieve the symptoms of the common cold
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cold rubber

  • noun a rubber made at low temperatures (5 degrees Centigrade) which is tougher than conventional rubber and is often used in car tires
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cold shoulder

  • noun a refusal to recognize someone you know
    cut; snub.
    • the snub was clearly intentional
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Cold slaw

  • . See Cole slaw.
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cold snap

  • noun a spell of cold weather
    cold snap.
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cold sober

  • adjective satellite totally sober
    stone-sober.
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Cold sore

  • noun caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)
    herpes labialis; fever blister; oral herpes.
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  • (Med.), a vesicular eruption appearing about the mouth as the result of a cold, or in the course of any disease attended with fever. causative virus Herpes simplex
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cold spell

  • noun a spell of cold weather
    cold snap.
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cold storage

  • noun in a state of abeyance or postponement
  • noun refrigerated storage for preservation
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cold stuffed tomato

  • noun tomato cases filled with various salad mixtures and served cold
    stuffed tomato.
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cold sweat

  • noun the physical condition of concurrent perspiration and chill; associated with fear
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cold turkey

  • noun a blunt expression of views
    • I told him cold turkey
  • noun complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
    • he quit smoking cold turkey
    • she quit her job cold turkey
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cold war

  • noun a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare
  • noun a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States
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cold water

  • noun disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation
    • she poured cold water on the whole idea of going to Africa
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cold wave

  • noun a wave of unusually cold weather
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cold weather

  • noun a period of unusually cold weather
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cold work

  • verb shape (metal) without heat
    coldwork.
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cold-blooded

  • adjective satellite without compunction or human feeling
    cold; inhuman; insensate.
    • in cold blood
    • cold-blooded killing
    • insensate destruction
  • adjective having cold blood (in animals whose body temperature is not internally regulated)
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Cold"-blood`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having cold blood; -- said of fish or animals whose blood is but little warmer than the water or air about them.
  2. Deficient in sensibility or feeling; hard-hearted.
  3. Not thoroughbred; -- said of animals, as horses, which are derived from the common stock of a country.
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cold-bloodedly

  • adverb in cold blood
    • he cold-bloodedly planned the murder of his boss
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cold-cream

  • verb put cold cream on one's face
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cold-eyed

  • adjective satellite unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
    dispassionate.
    • a journalist should be a dispassionate reporter of fact
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cold-hearted

Cold"-heart`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Wanting passion or feeling; indifferent. -- Cold"-heart`ed*ness, n.
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cold-short

Cold"-short` adjective
Definitions
  1. Brittle when cold; as, cold-short iron.
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cold-shoulder

  • verb pay no attention to, disrespect
    slight.
    • She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance
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cold-shut

Cold"-shut` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Metal.) Closed while too cold to become thoroughly welded; -- said of a forging or casting. -- n. An imperfection caused by such insufficient welding.
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cold-temperate

  • adjective satellite the colder parts of temperate waters
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cold-water flat

  • noun an apartment without modern conveniences
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common cold

  • noun a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
    cold.
    • will they never find a cure for the common cold?
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head cold

  • noun a common cold affecting the nasal passages and resulting in congestion and sneezing and headache
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ice-cold

  • adjective satellite as cold as ice
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In cold blood

  • adverb in a cold unemotional manner
    coldly.
    • he killed her in cold blood
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  • without excitement or passion; deliberately.
    He was slain in cold blood after thefight was over. Sir W. Scott.
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key-cold

Key"-cold` adjective
Definitions
  1. Cold as a metallic key; lifeless. Formerly, a proverbial expression. Shak. Milton.
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knock cold

  • verb knock unconscious or senseless
    knock out; kayo.
    • the boxing champion knocked out his opponent in a few seconds
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pour cold water on

  • verb be discouraging or negative about
    pour cold water on.
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Rose cold

  • (Med.), a variety of hay fever, sometimes attributed to the inhalation of the effluvia of roses. See Hay fever, under Hay.
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stone-cold

  • adjective satellite completely cold
    • by the time he got back to his coffee it was stone-cold
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Stone"-cold` adjective
Definitions
  1. Cold as a stone.
    Stone-cold without, within burnt with love's flame. Fairfax.
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Through cold

  • a deep-seated cold. Obs. Holland.
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throw cold water on

  • verb be discouraging or negative about
    pour cold water on.
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To blow hot and cold

  • (a saying derived from a fable of AEsop's), to favor a thing at one time and treat it coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to oppose.
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To give one the cold shoulder

  • to treat one with neglect.
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To leave one out in the cold

  • to overlook or neglect him. Colloq.
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To turn a cold shoulder to

  • to treat with neglect or indifference.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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