The Cold Shoulder
The Cold Shoulder : Phrases
An unfriendly reception.
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 traveler 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 not so subtle message that they are not welcome in your home.
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