A cool post with cold idioms!
Here are the most practical idioms with the word “cold”.
a cold fish
a person who does not seem very friendly and does not show their emotions !
” He isn’t very demonstrative, but his mother was a cold fish so he probably gets it from her. “
a cold snap
a sudden and short period of cold weather
” The recent cold snap has led to higher food prices. ”
be as cold as ice
to be very cold
“Come in and get warm, your hands are as cold as ice. “
(make) your blood run cold
to be very frightened
“The thought of the damage such a bomb could do made my blood “
blow hot and cold
to be changeable or uncertain (about something).
“He keeps blowing hot and cold on the question of moving to the country. He blows hot and cold about this. I wish he’d make up his mind.“
(Is it) cold enough for you?
a greeting inquiry made during very cold weather.
“Bob: Hi, Bill! Is it cold enough for you? Bill: It’s unbelievable! John: Glad to see you. Is it cold enough for you? Bill: Oh, yes! This is awful!”
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.”
an attitude of rejection. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.)
“If you greet her at a party, you’ll just get the cold shoulder. I thought that Sally and I were friends, but lately I’ve been getting the cold shoulder.”
feel/go hot and cold (all over) (British & Australian informal)
to feel that your body is hot and cold at the same time, because you have had a shock
“When I suddenly saw him again in the street after all these years, I went hot and cold all over. “
in cold blood
without feeling; with cruel intent. (Frequently said of a crime, especially murder.)
“The killer walked up and shot the woman in cold blood. How insulting! For a person to say something like that in cold blood is just horrible.”
in the cold light of day
if you think about something in the cold light of day, you think about it clearly and calmly, without the emotions you had at the time it happened, and you often feel sorry or ashamed about it.
” The next morning, in the cold light of day, Sarah realized what a complete idiot she had been.”
leave somebody (out) in the cold
to ignore or not include someone
“If you can’t be pleasant to other people, then you will most certainly be left out in the cold. “
Revenge is a dish best served cold
It is very satisfying to get revenge a long time after the event for which you want revenge.
” I don’t mind waiting to get revenge on Greg; I’ll wait ten years if I have to. Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
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