Wednesday 16 May 2007

Phrase of the Day 82: 'cold shoulder'

"to give someone the cold shoulder"

to give someone an unfriendly welcome.

"I asked my friends to loan me money, but my idea was met with the cold shoulder".

In England, a welcome or important visitor would be served a delicious hot meal. A guest "who had outstayed his welcome, or an ordinary traveller" would get a cold shoulder of mutton.

Alternative: The shoulder of beef is a less desirable cut. Serving a cold piece of beef shoulder to your guests is a message that they are not welcome in your home.

1 comment:

Stanners said...

Just to clarify the meaning of this phrase for any learners out there. Here we go:

´After failing to score AGAIN, the rest of the team gave Matt the cold shoulder.´