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1‘a cold day’
chilly, cool, freezing, icy, snowy, icy-cold, glacial, wintry, crisp, frosty, frigid, bitter, bitterly cold, biting, piercing, numbing, sharp, raw, polar, arctic, Siberian
informal nippy, brass monkeys
British informal parky
rare hyperborean, boreal, hibernal, hiemal, gelid, brumal
2‘I'm very cold’
chilly, chilled, cool, freezing, frozen, frozen stiff, chilled to the bone, chilled to the marrow, frozen to the bone, frozen to the marrow, shivery, numbed, benumbed, suffering from hypothermia, hypothermic, suffering from exposure
3‘Rodrigo met with a cold and scornful reception’
unfriendly, cool, inhospitable, unwelcoming, unsympathetic, forbidding, stony, frigid, frosty, glacial, lukewarm, haughty, supercilious, disdainful, aloof, distant, remote, indifferent, reserved, withdrawn, uncommunicative, unresponsive, unfeeling, unemotional, dispassionate, passionless, wooden, impersonal, formal, stiff, austere
cold-blooded, cold-hearted, stony-hearted
informal stand-offish, offish
‘the groom also gets cold feet when he finds out what's been going on’
hesitate, falter, delay, drag one's feet, stall, think twice, change one's mind, waver, oscillate, fluctuate, vacillate, be undecided, be indecisive, be irresolute, see-saw, yo-yo
haver, hum and haw
sit on the fence, dilly-dally, shilly-shally, pussyfoot around, blow hot and cold
snub, shun, cold-shoulder, ignore, turn one's back on, cut, cut dead, look right through, rebuff, dismiss, reject, brush off, turn down, spurn, disdain, refuse, decline, repudiate, ostracize
give someone the brush-off, tell someone where to get off, put down, freeze out, stiff-arm
knock back, send to Coventry
give someone the bum's rush, give someone the brush
give someone the go-by
‘he was given the cold shoulder or treated like a ghost by certain of the dealers’
snub, ignore, slight, spurn, shun, disdain, look right through, look past, turn one's back on, cold-shoulder, freeze out, steer clear of
send to Coventry
give someone the brush-off, cut, cut dead, knock back, give someone the go-by
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