leave someone/something out in the cold

leave someone/something out in the cold

COMMON If you leave a person or organization out in the cold, you ignore them or do not include them. They expressed concern that developing countries might be left out in the cold in current world trade talks. While most company pension schemes pay out a pension to a surviving widow or widower, an unmarried partner is generally left out in the cold.
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