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Cold Shoul­der

What is the ori­gin of the phrase ex­press­ing dis­in­ter­est, “give the cold shoul­der”?

The al­lu­sion is to a shoul­der of meat. A com­mon way­farer stop­ping at a farm­house and ask­ing for a meal would prob­a­bly be given cold food. And since the com­mon food of early Eng­land was mut­ton, he would be “given a cold shoul­der.”

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