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get the cold shoulder

To be snubbed by someone. This phrase usually refers to the act of ignoring someone. It originated with the 19th-century practice of serving of a cold shoulder of meat to tiresome guests. She thinks you started that rumor about her—that's why you've been getting the cold shoulder from her all day.
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give somebody/get the cold ˈshoulder

treat somebody/be treated in a deliberately unfriendly way: I try to chat to my colleagues during the lunch hour, but for some reason they’ve been giving me the cold shoulder. OPPOSITE: with open armsOne theory about the origin of this expression is that it refers to meat. Meat cut from the shoulder of an adult sheep was very cheap, so giving visitors this meat served cold was a sign that they were not welcome.
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She is getting the cold shoulder, and everyone is staying away from her," a source allegedly told the tabloid.
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Lord Krebs, chair of the committee, said: "When we really need to send the message that international Stem students will get a warm welcome in the UK, they're getting the cold shoulder and heading elsewhere.
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Netanyahu has been getting the cold shoulder from a number of countries.
The University of Oregon's plan to set up its own governing board and establish a huge endowment is getting the cold shoulder from the state's higher education board, which says it does not support the UO plan at this time.
In fact, at the original House Commerce Committee hearing on the bill--before all the media attention and while the Legislature was in the full rips of no health mandate fever--the measure was pretty much getting the cold shoulder from at least a few skeptical reps.