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stone cold

Unfeeling, insensible, as in That sad story left her stone cold. This analogy was already used by Shakespeare in Henry V (2:3): “Cold as any stone.”
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  • So there she sat like stone—cold, and silent, and wan, as the effigy she watched.

  • Our carte du jour for supper was a duplicate of the dinner, only it was stone cold.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • Sometimes she said a vague, sad little thing that brought her mother's heart, stone cold, to her mouth.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The room—in fact the whole of Sardinia—was stone cold, stone, stone cold.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • The fire had been lit; but it had long ago burnt out, and the ashes were stone cold.

  • Should a duck forsake its nest, place the eggs under a good hen as quickly as possible, even if they are stone cold.

    Wild Ducks W. Coape Oates
  • But it was an iniquity that was as nearly as possible perpetrated: he had Bobby, as a matter of fact, stone cold.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • And there, laid out on the marble floor of the court, dead and stone cold, were her three children.

    The Yellow Fairy Book Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • As we slowly moved out over the plain, we found it was cold; in an hour the foot-warmers, not hot to start with, were stone cold.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner

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