Meaning: To ignore someone or be unfriendly.
I thought we were friends, but the last time I saw him he gave me the cold shoulder.
“What did you do when you saw your ex-girlfriend?” “I gave her the cold shoulder.”
When someone comes to me for help, I never give them the cold shoulder.
Which one is a good example of giving someone the cold shoulder?
A. Just saying a few words to an old friend then walking away.
B. Giving an old friend a big hug.
C. Lending an old friend your winter coat because they lost theirs.
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The correct answer is A. If you only say a few words to someone, then walk away, you’re basically ignoring them – that is, you’re giving them the cold shoulder. Even if you’re not happy to see an old friend, at least pretend!