Penguins cold shoulder meaning

What Does “Give the Cold Shoulder” Mean?

Penguins cold shoulder meaning

Today this is a figurative expression, meaning to slight a person with a snub.  During the Middle Ages in Europe, however “to give the cold shoulder” was a literal term that meant serving a guest who overstayed his welcome a platter of cooked but cold beef shoulder.  After a few meals of cold shoulder, even the most persistent guest was supposed to be ready to leave.

from: Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things by: Charles Panati

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