One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Completely ignore someone.
snub, ignore, shun, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, turn one's back on, cut dead, look right through, pretend not to seeView synonyms
- ‘She immediately cut me dead and addressed her next remark exclusively to Don.’
- ‘But, let's be honest, when someone cuts you dead for no good reason and then they up and die shortly afterwards, suddenly and without warning, your immediate response to the news is liable to be, well, shall we say, underwhelming?’
- ‘You think you can get away with cutting me dead in Bar Snug and making it obvious I'm used goods?’
- ‘He figures she likes him too; she cuts him dead at school, ignoring him because she doesn't remember that he confessed to liking her.’
- ‘A number of his female stars complained that once the cameras stopped rolling he seemed to cut them dead, so much so that they were mystified when he subsequently offered them another film role.’
- ‘At their first meeting, however, the mayor cut her dead.’
- ‘For the rest of his long life people at scientific conferences would turn away from him, refuse his hand, cut him dead.’
- ‘They assumed I was some loser and cut me dead.’
- ‘Would she forget people's names, cut them dead when they try to speak, tell them off in public?’
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