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the silent treatment

A punishment in which one completely ignores or refuses to speak to someone. I didn't think he would be so offended by my joke, but he's been giving me the silent treatment for days now.
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the silent treatment

a stubborn refusal to talk to someone, especially after a recent argument or disagreement.
2000 Independent Since the complaint, Ms Thomas , who has worked for the City police since 1994 , claims she has been given the silent treatment.
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In a laboratory study by Williams, Shore, and Grahe (1998), those receiving the silent treatment experienced a threat to their needs of belonging, self-esteem, control, and meaningful existence (Eisenberger, Lieberman, & Williams, 2003; Schechtman, 2008).
for Silent Treatment, because she refuses to talk to anyone at first.
More commonly, employees will retaliate verbally--engaging in either a screamfest or the silent treatment or gossiping behind the back of the supervisor or co-worker.
For the past 20 years, the Sonoma State University (California)-based Project Censored has been keeping track of critical issues that are given the silent treatment by mainstream news media.
When people pick on me, I give them the silent treatment.
is to meet a hero: a man who weathered four years of the silent treatment at West Point; who in 1936 graduated 35th in a class of 276, and yet was denied entry into the Army Air Corps until FDR decreed the first black squadron into existence.
Results of "The Silent Treatment," a national study of 6,500 nurses and nurse managers, serve as five-year follow-up to "Silence Kills" research
One night from PS147pp If your loved one has been slaving over the turkey, they deserve to have the Silent Treatment on offer in this contemporary spa in this splendid manor set in eight acres of parkland and gardens in the Tudor village of Cuckfield.
The next it was pared down, stripped back simplicity - the hushed reverie of Silent Treatment and Wolf's Law stealing your heart away.
A passiveaggressive response would be to give your friend the silent treatment.
At a recent evening at Eat, restaurant-goers didn't seem to mind the silent treatment as they noshed on salads and sipped their soups.
The Joy Formidable - Silent Treatment WELSH trio The Joy Formidable are heading to Liverpool for the Summercamp festival, but before that they are putting out this Silent Treatment EP.
Bet the Clogster is currently enjoying a big dose of the silent treatment.
Researchers concluded that participants performed badly in the task after ignoring a likeable person, and performance was better when they used the silent treatment on an offensive person, CBS News reported.
PAUL Lambert has challenged Darren Bent to do his talking on the pitch - after laughing off suggestions he has given the Villa striker the silent treatment this week.