the silent treatment

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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That's emotionally abusive, much like the silent treatment.
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GLASGOW forwards coach Jon Humphreys is giving his old Ospreys mates the silent treatment ahead of Saturday's big Pro14 clash.
This might include giving your partner the silent treatment, drinking alcohol to numb emotional pain or burying your head in the sand.
She just says she's not angry and then gives me the silent treatment.
What gave Mourinho the chance to bring on the silent treatment was fury, and .
He reacts by locking away the latest prescription, sleeping on the sofa, and generally giving his wife the silent treatment, so Kylie decides to turn to someone else for answers about her son's condition - Max's dad Callum.
Yes, we know he's grieving but she doesn't deserve the silent treatment.
Whether other officers will give him the silent treatment is for him to find out.
3 JOSE MOURINHO revealed a dose of the silent treatment at half-time led to an improved performance from his Chelsea side as Andre Schurrle hit a hat-trick to see off Fulham at Craven Cottage.
On a popular Web site, giving advice about relationship issues, Paul (2014) refers to the silent treatment as "A Harmful Way To Get What You Want.
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.
Abusive bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism and the silent treatment not only have a detrimental effect on the employees they bully, but they have a negative impact on the work environment for the coworkers of these employees who suffer from "second-hand" or vicarious abusive supervision, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.
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.