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cold

Extremely ruthless, cruel, or unfeeling. I can't believe you laid them all off just before Christmas. That was cold, Tom.
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cold

1. mod. [stopping something] suddenly and totally. I stopped cold—afraid to move further.
2. mod. dead. This parrot is cold—pifted!
3. mod. not good. The lecture was cold and dull.
4. mod. excellent. (Very cool.) That last pitch was cold, man.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Gently she answered, telling them her errand, beseeching them to let her pass ere the cold wind blighted her frail blossoms.
On a throne hung with clouds sat the Frost-King; a crown of crystals bound his white locks, and a dark mantle wrought with delicate frost-work was folded over his cold breast.
'I don't know--it is so very cloudy and cold, it seems likely to rain;--and you know I have had a long drive.'
Maimie could also see the pompous doctor feeling the Duke's heart and hear him give utterance to his parrot cry, and she was particularly sorry for the Cupids, who stood in their fools' caps in obscure places and, every time they heard that "Cold, quite cold," bowed their disgraced little heads.
You seek to know where your oxen have run for shelter from the cold! Is it not so?"
And the cold snap came and remained, and Circle City was only two hundred miles away.
Indeed, she almost doubted whether it were a real child after all, or only a light wreath of the new-fallen snow, blown hither and thither about the garden by the intensely cold west-wind.
When supper was over, it took them a long while to get the cold out of their bones.
Yet he was not altogether a fool in his day and generation; being cold and hungry, and still able to walk a little by bending his knees very much indeed and putting his feet down toes first, he decided to enter one of the houses which flanked the street at long intervals and looked so bright and warm.
Elton looked as if he did not very well know what answer to make; which was exactly the case; for though very much gratified by the kind care of such a fair lady, and not liking to resist any advice of her's, he had not really the least inclination to give up the visit; but Emma, too eager and busy in her own previous conceptions and views to hear him impartially, or see him with clear vision, was very well satisfied with his muttering acknowledgment of its being "very cold, certainly very cold," and walked on, rejoicing in having extricated him from Randalls, and secured him the power of sending to inquire after Harriet every hour of the evening.
"21st May.--Started 11 a.m., finding the atmosphere quite cold enough to travel by day, and carrying some water-melons with us.
But Aunt Myra spoke, and he could not resist the temptation to make light of her advice, and let Rose brave the cold. He had no fear of its harming her, for she went out every day, and it was a great satisfaction to him to see her run down the avenue a minute afterward, with her skates on her arm, looking like a rosy-faced Esquimaux in her seal-skin suit, as she smiled at Aunt Myra stalking along as solemnly as a crow.
Cold from its source the stream meanders Darkly down through the oleanders, All night long in dream I lie, Ah me!
The ice is lovely, and the weather jolly; we do not mind the cold in the least.
The Venusberg of Piccadilly looked white as a nun with snow and moonlight, but the melancholy music of pleasure, and the sad daughters of joy, seemed not to heed the cold. For another hour death and pleasure would dance there beneath the electric lights.