What Does “Give the Cold Shoulder” Mean?
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
Today this is a figurative expression, meaning to slight a…