cold1 W1S1 [kəuld US kould] adj comparative colder superlative coldest
3 be/feel/look/get cold
5¦(lacking feeling)¦
6 get/have cold feet
7 give somebody the cold shoulder
9 in the cold light of day
10 cold (hard) cash
11 leave somebody cold
12 take/need a cold shower
13 somebody's trail/scent is cold
14¦(in games)¦
15 cold facts
16 cold steel
[: Old English; Origin: ceald, cald]
something that is cold has a low temperature
≠ ↑hot
She splashed her face with cold water.
a blast of cold air
We slept on the cold ground.
The house felt cold and empty.
ice/stone/freezing cold
(=very cold)
The radiator is stone cold; isn't the heating working?
go/get cold
(=become cold)
My tea's gone cold.
Come and eat or your dinner will get cold!
2.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
when there is cold weather, the temperature of the air is very low
≠ ↑hot
It was so cold this morning I had to scrape the ice off my windshield.
The day was bitterly cold .
The hut sheltered her from the cold wind.
cold winter/evening/January etc
the coldest winter on record
cold out/outside
It was raining and freezing cold outside.
The weather gets colder around the middle of October.
turn/grow cold
(=become cold or colder, especially suddenly)
The nights grew colder.
3.) be/feel/look/get cold
if you are cold, your body is at a low temperature
Could you turn up the heater, I'm cold.
I feel so cold!
My feet are as cold as ice (=very cold) .
4.) ¦(FOOD)¦
cold food is cooked but not eaten hot
a plate of cold meats
a cold buffet
Serve the potatoes cold.
unfriendly or lacking normal human feelings such as sympathy, pity, humour etc
≠ ↑warm
→↑coldly, coldness ↑coldness
Martin was really cold towards me at the party.
His voice was sharp and cold as ice.
She gave him a cold stare.
a cold, calculated murder
6.) get/have cold feet informal
to suddenly feel that you are not brave enough to do something you planned to do
The plan failed after sponsors got cold feet.
7.) give sb the cold shoulder informal
to deliberately ignore someone or be unfriendly to them, especially because they have upset or offended you
a cold colour or light reminds you of things that are cold
≠ ↑warm
the cold light of a fluorescent tube
9.) in the cold light of day
in the morning, when you can think clearly or see something clearly
The house seemed less threatening in the cold light of day.
10.) cold (hard) cash
AmE money in the form of paper money and coins rather than cheques or ↑credit cards
11.) leave sb cold
to not feel interested in or affected by something in any way
Opera left him cold.
12.) take/need a cold shower
used humorously to say that someone is sexually excited and the cold water will stop them feeling that way
13.) sb's trail/scent is cold
used to say that you cannot find someone because it has been too long since they passed or lived in a particular place
The trail's gone cold. I tracked the boy as far as the factory, but there it ended.
14.) ¦(IN GAMES)¦ [not before noun]
used in children's games, to say that someone is far away from the hidden object or answer they are trying to find
You're getting colder!
15.) cold facts
facts without anything added to make them more pleasant or interesting
Statistics can be merely cold facts.
16.) cold steel
literary a weapon such as a knife or sword
in cold blood atblood1 (3), cold fish atfish1 (8), blow hot and cold atblow1 (21), cold comfort atcomfort1 (7), pour cold water over/on atpour, a cold sweat atsweat2 (4)
cold 2
cold2 n
a common illness that makes it difficult to breathe through your nose and often makes your throat hurt
I' ve got a bad cold .
Keep your feet dry so you don't catch a cold (=become ill) .
2.) [U] also the cold
a low temperature or cold weather
I was shivering with cold.
Don't go out in the cold without your coat!
you'll catch your death of cold
(=used to warn someone that they may become very ill if they do not keep themselves warm in cold weather) BrE
3.) come in from the cold
to become accepted or recognized, especially by a powerful group of people
4.) leave sb out in the cold informal
to not include someone in an activity
He chose to favour us one at a time and the others were left out in the cold.
cold 3
cold3 adv
1.) AmE suddenly and completely
Paul stopped cold. 'What was that noise?'
2.) out cold informal
He drank until he was out cold.
You were knocked out cold (=hit on the head so that you became unconscious) .
3.) without preparation
I can't just get up there and make a speech cold!

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