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cold comfort

Something that has failed as an intended source of solace. The news that I got a meager raise is cold comfort after not getting that big promotion. The fact that it's "stage one" is cold comfort to me—it's still cancer!
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cold comfort

no comfort or consolation at all. She knows there are others worse off than her, but that's cold comfort. It was cold comfort to the student that others had failed as he had done.
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cold comfort

Slight or no consolation. For example, He can't lend us his canoe but will tell us where to rent one-that's cold comfort. The adjective cold was being applied to comfort in this sense by the early 1300s, and Shakespeare used the idiom numerous times.
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cold comfort

COMMON If a fact or statement is cold comfort to someone in a difficult situation, it does not make them feel less worried or sad. `Three years in higher education is a good investment for the future,' he says. But that is cold comfort to graduates who have worked so hard to get a degree, and now find themselves unemployed.
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cold comfort

poor or inadequate consolation.
This expression, together with the previous idiom, reflects a traditional view that charity is often given in a perfunctory or uncaring way. The words cold (as the opposite of ‘encouraging’) and comfort have been associated since the early 14th century, but perhaps the phrase is most memorably linked for modern readers with the title of Stella Gibbons 's 1933 parody of sentimental novels of rural life, Cold Comfort Farm.
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ˌcold ˈcomfort

a thing that is intended to make you feel better but which does not: When you’ve just had your car stolen, it’s cold comfort to be told it happens to somebody every day.
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cold comfort

Offering limited sympathy or encouragement. People who lost their jobs during the recession would likely take cold comfort from economic reports that an upturn was likely to occur in the future. Shakespeare used the phrase in King John: “I do not ask you much, I beg cold comfort; and you are so strait / And so ingrateful, you deny me that.”
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Neither of those crashes was my fault, but that would have been cold comfort in the grave.
Schlesinger has also ventured into top-tier television, including the ground-breaking An Englishman Abroad, a true story about gay spy Guy Burgess, and the warm, quirky, and pansexual comedy Cold Comfort Farm, a British TV film released theatrically in the United States.
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Sure enough, she wangles an invitation to stay with her cousins, the Starkadders, at their well-named Cold Comfort Farm, where she proceeds to rearrange their lives in accordance with her own assumptions of good sense.
Welskopp's comparison is cold comfort for all those historians who have argued that the labor relations in the industry were characterised by a constant and linear process of de-skilling.
A popular and clever work, Cold Comfort Farm was awarded the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize in 1933.
COLD COMFORT FARM by Stella Gibbons was published in 1932 and was well received by the reviewers of the time who described it as a parody of the melodramatic and earthy rural novels of the early twentieth century.
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Poets' corner COLD COMFORT I IMAGINE what it must be like Having to sleep outside in the cold, Because there's nowhere for you to go.
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While the conflict between the Mannings is drawn from Nigel Balchin's 1951 source novel ``A Way Through the Woods,'' Fellowes has shrewdly added a crime mystery plot line that not only takes the drama out of plushly appointed parlors (figuratively, anyway; this movie is almost all talk, spoken from the cold comfort of very expensive furniture) into darker existential territory.