be left (out) in the cold

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be left (out) in the cold

To be ignored, forgotten, or excluded, as from a group, activity, benefit, etc. You have to make sure you stand out in a company, or you might be left in the cold when it comes time to hand out promotions. Our constituency feels it has really been left in the cold during the debate around this topic.
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left out in the cold

ignored; neglected.
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left ˌout in the ˈcold

excluded from a group or an activity; ignored: Everyone had something to do or somewhere to go. I felt left out in the cold.
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