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a criminal investigation that has remained unsolved for an extended period of time: This year's award recipient is a state trooper whose work helped close a cold case from 1983.
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Origin of cold case
First recorded in 1970–75
Words nearby cold case
cold, cold-blooded, cold-blooded animals, cold brew, cold call, cold case, cold cash, cold cathode, cold cellar, cold chisel, cold-cock
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How to use cold case in a sentence
A cold case opened up and the most violent gang in Japan may be shut down.The Case of the Yakking Yakuza|Jake Adelstein|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, on January 3, according to court documents, Rachel came to police with a shocking break in the cold case.West Virginia Heathers: Was Skylar Neese Murdered by Her Best Friends?|Caroline Linton|December 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The cold case squad had officially taken over and it too embraced Baby Hope.Baby Hope Killer Confesses After 22 Years|Michael Daly|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After five years, the cold case into the British toddler who disappeared on a family holiday in Portugal is heating up.Scotland Yard Says Madeleine McCann May Still Be Alive|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Arguably the greatest crime mystery of our time has become a cold case.Was the Saudi Government Involved in the 9/11 Terror Attacks?|Jamie Reno|March 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST