a cold shower

a cold shower

1. An unexpectedly cold reaction from someone or something. Well, that bad review in the paper was certainly a cold shower amid the excitement of starring in my first play.
2. A distraction that allows one to suppress sexual urges or feelings. Often used in the phrase "take a cold shower." You're losing your mind over this girl. Go take a cold shower before you do something stupid. That movie was steamy! I think I need to go home and take a cold shower.
See also: cold, shower

cold shower

A surprisingly chilly reception, reaction, or response, as in The small voter turnout was a cold shower to the League of Women Voters. The allusion in this term is to the unexpected and not always pleasant effect of an ice-cold shower. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: cold, shower
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Enjoying (or enduring) a cold shower in the morning offers more than just a jolt of wakefulness to your groggy system.
When the water is cold, the skin and hair get to preserve their natural oils, and this is why the hair looks stronger and shinier after a cold shower than if you had a hot one.
"A cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain," they wrote, "which could result in an anti-depressive effect."
Ben Jardine has become the first Celebrity Big Brother star to strip naked on camera as president of the houseKirstie Alleyforced him to take a cold shower.
Taking a cold shower tightens the pores by constricting blood flow and enhancing the circulation.
The Bureau of Indications' Nana Napoli recommends a cold shower and a clean colon before first dates and Sunday dinner, respectively.
Who on earth takes a cold shower unless they're stuck on a campsite in a weird country and can't twiddle the right dial to get the shower to run hot?
Goldberger's practice of taking a cold shower every morning.
Taking a cold shower in the morning, and  feeling cold water pour down over our body seems more horrifying than soothing.