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comfort girl

A euphemism for a woman or girl forced into sexual slavery or recruited into prostitution by and in service of the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II. Although the Japanese government officially admitted to its role in coercing women to become comfort girls during the Second World War, there are still many who deny how many women were affected and the extent to which the government was responsible at the time.
See also: comfort, girl

comfort woman

A euphemism for a woman or girl forced into sexual slavery or recruited into prostitution by and in service of the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II. Although the Japanese government officially admitted to its role in coercing women to become comfort women during the Second World War, there are still many who deny how many were affected and the extent to which the government was responsible at the time.
See also: comfort, woman

comfort zone

1. A place, activity, situation, or psychological state in which a person feels free from anxiety and is within his or her realm of ability, experience, security, and/or control. Though it is often outside your comfort zone, traveling to foreign countries gives you a much greater perspective on how other people in the world live. The new job is a little out of my comfort zone, but it will give me a great opportunity to see what I'm truly capable of.
2. The temperature range wherein the human body feels naturally comfortable, being neither too hot nor too cold. Many retired Americans, being more sensitive to the cold, settle in Florida, where the balmy weather better suits their comfort zones.
See also: comfort, zone

take comfort in (something)

To be soothed or calmed by something. I know this trial has been tremendously hard on you, but take comfort in the fact that the man responsible is now behind bars forever. When things get tough, I take comfort in the company of my closest friends.
See also: comfort, take

cold comfort

no comfort or consolation at all. She knows there are others worse off than her, but that's cold comfort. It was cold comfort to the student that others had failed as he had done.
See also: cold, comfort

creature comforts

things that make people comfortable. The hotel room was a bit small, but all the creature comforts were there.
See also: comfort, creature

There, there.

 and There, now.
an expression used to comfort someone. There, there. You'll feel better after you take a nap. There, now. Everything will be all right.

too close for comfort

Cliché [for a misfortune or a threat] to be dangerously close. That car nearly hit me! That was too close for comfort. When I was in the hospital, I nearly died from pneumonia. Believe me, that was too close for comfort.
See also: close, comfort

too close for comfort

worrying because of a possible direct effect on you When people start saying our local elections are corrupt, that's a little too close for comfort.
Related vocabulary: close to home
See also: close, comfort

be too close for comfort

to make people worried or frightened by being too close in distance or too similar in amount Those lions were much too close for comfort. The party will have to work hard to improve its image - the last election result was too close for comfort.
See also: close, comfort

be cold comfort

if something someone tells you to make you feel better about a bad situation is cold comfort, it does not make you feel better (usually + to ) The doctor said only his legs are paralysed, not his whole body, but I think that will be cold comfort to him.
See also: cold, comfort

creature comforts

things that make life more comfortable and pleasant, such as hot water and good food I hate camping. I can't do without my creature comforts.
See also: comfort, creature

There, there.

  (old-fashioned)
something that you say to comfort someone, especially a child There, there. You'll feel better in a minute.

cold comfort

Slight or no consolation. For example, He can't lend us his canoe but will tell us where to rent one-that's cold comfort. The adjective cold was being applied to comfort in this sense by the early 1300s, and Shakespeare used the idiom numerous times.
See also: cold, comfort

creature comfort

Something that contributes to physical comfort, such as food, clothing, or housing. For example, Dean always stayed in the best hotels; he valued his creature comforts. This idiom was first recorded in 1659.
See also: comfort, creature

too close for comfort

Also, too close to home. Dangerously nearby or accurate, as in That last shot was too close for comfort, or Their attacks on the speaker hit too close to home, and he left in a huff.
See also: close, comfort

comfort station

1. n. a restroom; toilet facilities available to the public. (Euphemistic.) We need to stop and find a comfort station in the next town.
2. n. an establishment that sells liquor. Let’s get some belch at a comfort station along here somewhere.
See also: comfort, station

cold comfort

Offering limited sympathy or encouragement. People who lost their jobs during the recession would likely take cold comfort from economic reports that an upturn was likely to occur in the future. Shakespeare used the phrase in King John: “I do not ask you much, I beg cold comfort; and you are so strait / And so ingrateful, you deny me that.”
See also: cold, comfort
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The result would have been comfortingly aromatic and sweet.
But, comfortingly, you never feel you are not going to get there.
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Even more comfortingly, that old survivor David Davies is still riding serenely above the storm and he has rewarded himself with another extraordinary job title.
Comfortingly, for successive owners of Berrington Mill, there was no body, the said victim turning up alive and well more than two years later.
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It proved comfortingly soft, rounded, packed with summery red-berry fruit and was great with a pork casserole.
Nationalist MSP Andrew Wilson, a 28-year-old high-flier and near-certain future leader of the SNP, tells us comfortingly that his party "only" want to change one aspect of our relationship with the rest of the UK - the political one.
While the front looks comfortingly familiar, however, prepare for a slight disappointment once you crash through the doors - the tiny interior is nothing at all like the TV show.