in cold blood


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in cold blood

Fig. without feeling; with cruel intent. (Frequently said of a crime, especially murder.) The killer walked up and shot the woman in cold blood. How insulting! For a person to say something like that in cold blood is just horrible.
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in cold blood

In a purposely ruthless and unfeeling manner, as in The whole family was murdered in cold blood. This expression alludes to the notion that blood is the seat of emotion and is hot in passion and cold in calm. The term therefore means not "in the heat of passion," but "in a calculated, deliberate manner." [Late 1500s]
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in cold blood

COMMON If a person kills someone in cold blood, they kill them in a calm and deliberate way, rather than in anger or self-defence. They murdered my brother. They shot him down in cold blood. She was executed in cold blood while her boyfriend looked on helplessly. Note: You can describe a killing or a killer as cold-blooded. This is just another attempt to excuse the cold-blooded murder of an innocent woman. It was clear to Blackburn that she was a cold-blooded killer. Note: People use these expressions to express shock or horror at a killing. Note: In medieval times, some people believed that certain emotions changed the temperature of the blood.
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in cold blood

mod. without feeling; with cruel intent. Rocko kills in cold blood and never gives it a thought.
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in cold blood

Deliberately, coldly, and dispassionately.
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