give (one) the cold shoulder

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give (one) the cold shoulder

To intentionally appear disinterested toward one; to snub. This phrase usually refers to the act of ignoring someone. It originated with the 19th-century practice of serving of a cold shoulder of meat to tiresome guests. She thinks you started that rumor about her—that's why she's been giving you the cold shoulder all day.
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give someone the cold shoulder

COMMON If someone gives you the cold shoulder, they deliberately stop being friendly to you and ignore you. Something's happened and I don't know what it is, but he's giving me the cold shoulder. He was upset to find his previously friendly colleagues giving him the cold shoulder. Note: You can also say that you get the cold shoulder from someone. Nancy found she was getting the cold shoulder from a lot of people she'd thought were her friends. Note: You can say that someone or something is cold-shouldered when people ignore or refuse to be interested in them. You can also talk about cold-shouldering. Since the President's election four years ago, he's been consistently cold-shouldered by the international community. The biggest stars stayed away from the festival in solidarity with their government's cold-shouldering of the country. Note: A shoulder is a cut of meat which includes the upper part of the animal's front leg. This expression refers to a medieval practice where important guests were given roast meat. Less important people were only given cold meat left over from previous meals.
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After the Ranbir-Katrina break up, Karan and Katrina were reportedly giving the cold shoulder to each other.
But Macri came to office last year based in part on a promise to rekindle relations with the US while giving the cold shoulder to allies of Argentina's left-wing Kirchner governments, such as Venezuela.
Then it was giving the cold shoulder to Bill Belichick.
SIR - I have to admit that it was very difficult to suppress a chuckle on realising that many green activists will have been reaching for the smelling salts after hearing the news that Denmark, of all places, is giving the cold shoulder to onshore wind farms
IT WAS difficult to suppress a chuckle on realising that many green activists will have been reaching for the smelling salts after hearing that Denmark is giving the cold shoulder to onshore wind farms.
SNOOTY David Cameron is giving the cold shoulder to Cool Britannia.
Given this history, I suspect the senior heirarchs at Disney were justified in giving the cold shoulder to "Desperate Housewives" on its first go-around.
So brutal is the hosts' pummeling that now Dreier not only refuses to appear on J&K's show, but he is also giving the cold shoulder to other stations and shows - like KABC's Doug McIntire just across the Los Angeles radio dial - that he once used to pummel his adversaries.
The trio skulked in their dressing room, giving the cold shoulder to stars like Eminem who hung out in the bar.