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cold fish

Someone who shows no emotion and comes across as unfriendly or disinterested. The manager decided not to hire Bill as the store greeter because he came across like a cold fish during the interview.
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*cold fish

Fig. a person who is distant and unfeeling. (*Typically: act like ~; be ~.) Bob is so dull—a real cold fish. She hardly ever speaks to anyone. She's a cold fish.
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cold fish

A hard-hearted, unfeeling individual, one who shows no emotion, as in Not even the eulogy moved him; he's a real cold fish. This expression was used by Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale (4:4): "It was thought she was a woman, and was turn'd into a cold fish." However, it came into wider use only in the first half of the 1900s.
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a cold fish

If you call someone a cold fish, you mean that they do not show their emotions and can seem unfriendly or unsympathetic. Since the President is generally seen as a cold fish, it is all the more impressive when he does show his feelings. He didn't really show much emotion — he's a bit of a cold fish.
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a ˌcold ˈfish

(disapproving) a person who shows little or no emotion, or is unfriendly, reserved, etc: When I first met him, he seemed rather a cold fish, but actually he’s quite passionate.
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cold fish

n. a dull and unresponsive person. I hate to shake hands with a cold fish like that. He didn’t even smile.
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The Spaniard is a cold fish, it's one of his well-documented weaknesses.
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If Roxy was expecting sympathy from her cold fish sister she didn't get it.
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We all had a good laugh when Gordon Gay, whose parents owned a fish and chip shop, got out his cold fish sandwiches for lunch.
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However, after Frank has blasted his umpteenth nameless henchman in the memory of his murderer loved ones, it's hard to muster any sympathy, especially when Jane plays him as such a cold fish.