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cold shower

A surprisingly chilly reception, reaction, or response, as in The small voter turnout was a cold shower to the League of Women Voters. The allusion in this term is to the unexpected and not always pleasant effect of an ice-cold shower. [Second half of 1900s]
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We have all seen athletes taking ice baths after training to reduce muscle soreness, but a quick cold shower after breaking a sweat at the gym can be just as effective, especially in relieving delayed-onset muscle soreness.
He said Fee told him she had a type of drill which was used to castrate boys, made him eat his own sick, and forced him to take cold showers if he wet the bed - after banning him from going to the toilet for long periods.
He said Fee told him she had a type of drill which was used to castrate young boys, made him eat his own sick, and forced him to take cold showers if he wet the bed -after banning him from going to the toilet for long periods of time.
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The statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Karabakh conflict has become as a cold shower for the
In her view, the cold shower for Belgrade should be carefully monitored by Macedonia too, in order for Brussels' plan-- (the solution to the dispute with Greece first and then date for negotiations) to turn into insistence to see how the possible agreement in the bilateral relations, international organizations, at borders or in the communication between Skopje and Athens, functions?
Although there were no trophies or champagne, competitors had a cold shower waiting for them at the finish line.
As we are not a county of masochists, I suggest all our candidates take a cold shower, rethink, rewrite and provide us with ten inspirational bullet points on why 'we' should vote for 'them'.
The alternating hot and cold shower, known as contrast therapy, combines the inflammation-reducing benefits of ice with the circulation-improving benefits of heat.
There'll just be enough time for a cold shower and a crash course in avoiding national stereotypes before the next women's game between Brazil and the USA.
Chumbawamba, Sin City, Swansea, Tuesday: One-hit-wonder Yorkshire anarchists best known for dousing John Prescott with iced water long before it was known quite how much the Deputy Prime Minister needed a cold shower.
The Bureau of Indications' Nana Napoli recommends a cold shower and a clean colon before first dates and Sunday dinner, respectively.
It seemed as if we had been hit with a cold shower.
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Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon reportedly tried to dampen speculation about the bid today (24 November) by saying that the talks have only just started, adding that he suggested "some people take a cold shower and settle down".