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.
See also: blood, cold

in cold blood

intentionally and without emotion The jury must now decide if the two men are guilty of killing their parents in cold blood.
Usage notes: most often used with the verbs kill, murder, and shoot
Etymology: based the figurative meanings of cold ( lacking in feeling) and blood ( emotion)
See also: blood, cold

in cold blood

if you do something, especially kill someone, in cold blood, you do it in a way which is cruel because you plan it and do it without emotion Four men were charged with the killing, in cold blood, of a French tourist last summer. An unarmed boy was shot in cold blood outside his home yesterday.
See also: blood, cold

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]
See also: blood, cold

in cold blood

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

in cold blood

Deliberately, coldly, and dispassionately.
See also: blood, cold