• To give the cold shoulder is a form of body language when a person is ignoring you.

  • To behave towards someone in a way that is not friendly, sometimes for reasons not understood.

  • To show no interest in someone or something.

1. I have no idea why Julia keeps giving me the cold shoulder at work.


2. The new proposed government bill was given the cold shoulder by the mayor.


3. Please tell me what I did wrong instead of giving me the cold shoulder.


4. Ever since I screwed up during the meeting, my boss has been giving me the cold shoulder.

aloofness, brush-off, coldness, dismissal, disregard, iciness, negative, nonacceptance, rejecting, rejection

Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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